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Backup Quarterback Josh Freeman Released

Backup started final game of 2015, his first NFL action since 2013.

In a news day dominated by the Indianapolis Colts’ former franchise quarterback Peyton Manning retiring in Denver, they released backup passer Josh Freeman.

After the recent decision to not re-sign 40-year-old backup Matt Hasselbeck and the release of Ryan Lindley, the perception was that Freeman would be Andrew Luck’s backup next season.

But the Colts evidently decided otherwise Monday, which means the only other quarterback on the roster other than Luck is 23-year-old Stephen Morris, who hasn’t taken a snap in a game in two seasons.

Freeman signed with the Colts on Dec. 29 and started the season finale against Tennessee. He completed 15-of-28 passes for 149 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the home win that enabled the team to finish 8-8.

The former first-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2009 had not played in an NFL game since starting once for Minnesota in 2013. He’s played in 62 career games, 61 of them starts, and completed 1,179-of-2048 passes for 13,873 yards with 81 touchdowns and 68 interceptions.

Expect the Colts to sign or draft at least one other quarterback before training camp to compete for the backup job with the unproven Morris.

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