The third and final installment of how Indianapolis Colts have fared elsewhere goes back to 2012.
The most notable names on this list are cornerback Jerraud Powers and defensive end turned outside linebacker Jerry Hughes. Both have done well for themselves with other teams, Powers for the Arizona Cardinals and Hughes for the Buffalo Bills.
Defensive end Mario Addison has also been a solid contributor for the Carolina Panthers.
They’re the exceptions. Most of the players on this list didn’t do much after leaving. That includes former Colts all-time sack leader Dwight Freeney, who was allowed to become a free agent and played the past two seasons with the San Diego Chargers.
WR Kris Adams — His two catches for 26 yards in three games with the Colts are his only NFL statistics. An undrafted free agent out of UTEP, he spent time on practice squads in Chicago, St. Louis and Minnesota in 2011 before earning a roster spot with the Colts, albeit for just a brief time. He was waived after those three games and then re-signed to the Colts’ practice squad. The last two seasons have been spent on injured reserve after he broke a leg during a preseason game with the New York Giants. He is currently a free agent.
DE Mario Addison — He appeared in six games for the Colts in 2011 and 2012 and made seven tackles before being waived and then added back to the practice squad. The Washington Redskins signed him off the Colts’ practice squad in 2012, he played in five games with three tackles, but was waived again and added to the Redskins’ practice squad. The Carolina Panthers signed him in December of 2012 and he’s been with that team ever since. He played in four games that season, then 16 in each of the past two seasons. He’s made 49 tackles with 10 sacks for the Panthers, including a career-high 6.5 sacks last season. He’s in the second and final year of his contract.
WR Donnie Avery — The speedy pass catcher set career highs with 60 catches for 781 yards in his one season with the Colts. He’s played the last two seasons with the Chiefs. Last season, he started three of six games and had 15 catches for 176 yards. Much of the year was lost to sports hernia surgery. He is currently a free agent.
S David Caldwell — An 13-game starter in 16 games in 2011, he made 67 tackles. But those are his only NFL statistics. Caldwell was waived at the end of 2012 preseason. He signed with the New York Giants in 2013 but did not make the final roster. He’s now playing in the Canadian Football League with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
RB Delone Carter — His Colts career lasted 26 games, including three starts, before being traded in the 2013 preseason to the Ravens, who cut the former fourth-round selection nine days later. He signed in December with the Jacksonville Jaguars and was active for one game without any rushes. Carter did not play in the NFL last season.
WR Austin Collie — The Colts’ former fourth-round pick in 2009 wasn’t re-signed after suffering multiple concussions and a season-ending knee injury. He signed with the 49ers, but was among final preseason cuts. He signed with the New England Patriots and bounced on an off the roster, being released twice and then retained. He appeared in seven games with one start and caught six passes for 63 yards. He did not play in the NFL last season. In January, he signed with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.
LB A.J. Edds — The Hoosier native from Greenwood High School played in a career-high nine games as a reserve with 12 tackles in 2011. He tore an ACL in 2012 preseason and was placed on injured reserve. He signed with New England in 2013 but didn’t make the team. He signed with the New York Jets in 2014, was waived but then re-signed with the Jets. He appeared in four games with one tackle. He joined the Jaguars in December of last season and played in two games without any statistics. All of his 17 NFL games have been as a reserve. He is currently a free agent.
TE Brody Eldridge — A fifth-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2010, he played in 27 games with 16 starts in two seasons with the Colts. The blocking tight end caught 14 passes for 84 yards. He was waived in May of 2012, was claimed by St. Louis but waived again after being suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The Bears signed him in 2012, but he did not play in a game after spending one month on the active roster. He was waived, then re-signed in January of 2013. He was waived again early in training camp. He is currently a free agent.
RB Darren Evans — The former Indianapolis Warren Central High School star was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and made the final roster of his hometown team, but was released three weeks later then added to the practice squad. The Colts elevated him to the active roster three weeks later and he finished the season with the team. He played in two games in 2011 but did not have any statistics. He was waived at the end of 2012 preseason. The Tennessee Titans signed him to the practice squad at the beginning of that season, he appeared in one game without any statistics, and was released in April of 2013. He is currently a free agent.
LB Moise Fokou — He was acquired along with linebacker Greg Lloyd from Philadelphia for cornerback Kevin Thomas and a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2012. After appearing in 16 games with one start for the Colts, in which he made 43 tackles with one sack, he signed with the Tennessee Titans, for whom he started 12 games in 2013 and had a career-high 78 tackles. He joined the New Orleans Saints last season and appeared in two games with two tackles. He is currently a free agent.
FB Chris Gronkowski — Claimed off waivers from Dallas in 2011, the brother of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski appeared in seven games as a blocking back without any statistics for the Colts. He was traded to Denver for cornerback Cassius Vaughn in 2012. He appeared in 14 games in the same role without any statistics for the Broncos in 2012. He has not played in an NFL game since. He signed with San Diego in 2013 but spent the season on injured reserve. He is currently a free agent. Gronkowski was among the players participating in a regional combine in March.
DT Antonio Johnson — Signed to the Colts’ active roster from the Titans practice squad in 2008, Johnson appeared in 67 games, including 46 starts, over the course of five seasons with the Colts. He made 121 tackles with 1.5 sacks. He returned to the Titans in 2013 and started in six of 16 games played with 22 tackles. He did not play for a team in 2014, then signed a future/reserve contract with New England in late December.
OT Winston Justice —He had played in 47 games, including 31 starts, for Philadelphia when the Colts acquired him for a swap of sixth-round draft choices in 2012. He started 12 games for the Colts that season and wasn’t retained after the season. Justice signed with Denver early in the 2013 season and appeared in four games. He was released near the end of 2014 preseason and is currently a free agent.
RB Deji Karim — Fans will remember Karim for his 101-yard TD kickoff return against the Texans in 2012. He re-joined the Colts in preseason but was placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury after nine days in camp. Later released outright with an injury settlement, he did not play for another team last season. He’s currently a free agent.
DE/OLB Dwight Freeney — A 2002 first-round choice and seven-time Pro Bowl star who set the Colts’ all-time sack record with 107.5 (since passed by Robert Mathis) in 11 seasons, Freeney was allowed to become a free agent and signed a two-year deal with the Chargers. He started 13 of 20 games with 12 tackles and four sacks in two seasons. He’s currently a free agent.
OLB Jerry Hughes — The 2010 first-round selection played behind Freeney and Mathis during three seasons with the Colts, in which he started seven of 40 games and had five sacks. He was traded to the Buffalo Bills and his career has taken off with 10 sacks in each of his two seasons. After starting only one game in 16 appearances in 2013, he started every game last season. The Bills recently rewarded him with a new five-year contract for a reported $45 million.
RB Mewelde Moore — His one season with the Colts was the last of a nine-year NFL career. He appeared in nine games with 20 yards rushing on 13 carries as well as six receptions for 77 yards with one TD. He was waived in October of that final year but re-signed in December and lost a goal-line fumble in a loss at Houston.
OG Seth Olsen — Claimed off waivers from Minnesota in 2011, he played in 11 games with five starts over the course of two seasons in 2011 and 2012 but was not retained after that season. He re-signed with the Vikings in 2013 but was released with an injury settlement in September of that season. He has not played in a game since leaving the Colts and is curently a free agent.
CB Jerraud Powers — A 2009 third-round selection who struggled to stay healthy but was effective in 42 starts over four seasons with the Colts, Powers signed a three-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. He started every game in 2013 for the first time in his career and another 11 in 16 appearances last season. He’s made 118 tackles with four interceptions with 27 passes defended since leaving. Coach Bruce Arians said Powers was his best cornerback and a team defensive MVP last season.
CB Chris Rucker — A 2011 sixth-round pick out of Michigan State, Rucker started four of 15 games played as a rookie but those are his only NFL statistics. He was waived near the end of the 2012 preseason. In 2014, he had a brief stint with the Nashville Venom of the Professional Indoor Football League as well as on the practice squad of the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League. He’s currently a free agent.
C A.Q. Shipley — Undrafted out of Penn State when he joined the Colts in 2012, he started five of 14 games as a rookie but was traded in the offseason to the Baltimore Ravens. After starting nine of 16 games with the Ravens, he was released last preseason and claimed again by the Colts. He started five of 15 games the second time around, then wasn’t re-signed and recently signed with the Cardinals.
LS Justin Snow — The trusty long snapper didn’t miss a game in 12 seasons with the Colts before losing his job to Matt Overton at the end of 2012 preseason. He signed with the Redskins as an injury replacement and snapped for eight games in 2012 before being waived. Those were his last games in the NFL.
OT Bradley Sowell — He joined the Colts in 2012 after a stint with Tampa Bay and played in 10 games. He then signed with Arizona in 2013 and has appeared in 16 games in each of the past two seasons with 12 starts in 2013. He’s entering the final year of his three-year contract with the Cardinals.
NT Martin Tevaseu — Claimed off waivers from the Jets in 2012, Tevaseu appeared in 13 games with two starts and made 12 tackles that season. Those are his last NFL statistics. He has not played another game and is currently a free agent.
CB Kevin Thomas — A 2010 third-round pick, he spent his rookie season on injured reserve and never lived up to expectations. He appeared in nine games in 2011 and made 33 tackles. The Colts decided they had seen enough by 2012 preseason and traded him to Philadelphia with a conditional seventh-round draft choice for linebackers Greg Lloyd and Moise Fokou. Thomas didn’t make the Eagles’ final roster. He signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in 2014 but was released in June. He’s currently a free agent.
LB Jamaal Westerman — He signed with the Colts in December of 2012 and played in four games as a reserve with three tackles and one sack. He signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2013 and appeared in 12 games with nine tackles. He was waived and signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers and appeared in one game without any statistics. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2014 but didn’t make the final roster. He’s currently a free agent.
S Teddy Williams — He didn’t play college football but his track and field speed earned him a look from the Dallas Cowboys before the Colts signed him in 2012. He played in seven games for the Colts without any statistics. He was waived injured during 2013 preseason. Williams signed with Arizona that season and switched to wide receiver. He caught a 51-yard pass, the only reception of his NFL career. A torn ACL landed him on injured reserve after three games played. He signed with Chicago in 2014 and played in five games as a reserve cornerback with two tackles. After he was released, Jacksonville claimed him off waivers and he appeared in two games. He became a free agent and in March signed a two-year deal with the Panthers.
S Tom Zbikowski — His one season with the Colts turned out to be his last in a five-year NFL career as he started 11 games and had 38 tackles. He signed with the Chicago Bears but was released during the preseason. About two weeks later, although not with an NFL team, Zbikowski was suspended four games for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He later announced his retirement in 2013.
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