The Colts continue to clean house, as they released five more veteran players on Friday.
Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star first reported that the team released LB Gary Brackett, TE Dallas Clark, RB Joseph Addai and S Melvin Bullitt. The moves create more salary-cap space while allowing the team to get younger.
All four players had injury setbacks in 2011, with none playing more than 12 games. They have all had success during their professional careers, however, and each was a key player in the Colts' AFC championship team in 2009.
The team also released backup QB Curtis Painter on Friday, according to Chappell. Painter started eight games in 2011 in place of the injured Peyton Manning. With his release, along with Manning's earlier in the week, the team has just two QBs on the roster: Dan Orlovsky and Trevor Vittatoe.
"These players all made tremendous contributions to the organization and will forever be members of the Colts family," Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay said in a statement. "It's always difficult to make these decisions which the nature of the salary cap requires. Their legacies with the Colts will be forever remembered by the organization, fans and Indianapolis community. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors."
"These days are always difficult and emotional," said general manager Ryan Grigson. "The Colts organization will be bidding farewell to a terrific group of men who have made such an impact over their years of service on the field and in the community. I wish them nothing but the best as they take the next steps in their careers."
- Joseph Addai
- Gary Brackett