The Buzz: Colts Talk to Senior Bowl QB

Find out which Senior Bowl quarterback the Colts talked to shortly after their arrival in Mobile on Sunday ... And guess what the scouts and other NFL personnel there are saying about why the Colts lost to the Steelers -- and the likelihood of Reggie Wayne and Edgerrin James returning in '06? We tell you all about it in "The Buzz".

The Indianapolis Colts staff was one of the last teams to arrive in Mobile as roughly 700 NFL general managers, coaches, scouts and other team personnel swarmed in to evaluate and chat with the nation's top seniors in person this week prior to January 28th's Senior Bowl game.

But even though the Colts were one of the last teams to arrive, they didn't waste any time. According to one of our sources in Mobile, the first player the Colts spoke to on Sunday was University of Alabama-Birmingham QB Darrell Hackney.

With the Colts having some question marks on their depth chart at quarterback behind Peyton Manning, it makes sense that they would investigate some quarterbacks this year. The Colts currently have Jim Sorgi and Travis Brown -- who will be returning from the injured reserve list -- to backup Manning. Tom Arth, who spent the year on the practice squad is currently an unrestricted free agent.

The 6'0, 245-lb quarterback out of UAB has a strong arm and can make throws while on the move, but has a good pocket presence. He's currently projected to be a middle-round pick, but really helped himself with another strong showing in his senior year in Conference USA. Click here for the full TFY Draft Preview analysis on Hackney.

Hackney finished as the school's all-time leading passer with 9,886 yards and 71 touchdown passes. He threw for 3,180 yards and 22 TDs in 2005 alone, including four 300-yard passing performances.

There is also a lot of talk in Mobile this weekend amongst scouts and NFL personnel about the Colts' stunning loss to the Steelers. The consensus is that the Colts rested their starters too long and many believe that it was indeed a major factor in their struggles -- especially early in the game.

We've also learned that NFL personnel in Mobile are saying it will be a major upset if the Colts don't re-sign WR Reggie Wayne to a new deal. There is very little expectation that the Colts won't get a deal done with him and keep him in Manning's arsenal either through a longterm contract or by using the franchise tag before the free agent deadline in March.

But the talk is less certain when discussion turns to RB Edgerrin James. Some expect that signing to be difficult for the Colts to pull off because his price will still be steep, making his future status with the Colts to be much more uncertain.

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