A safety out of the CFL that the Colts checked out right after their season ended is still unsigned. Richard Karikari of the Montreal Alouettes was an All-Star in his third CFL season, finishing second in the league in interceptions with nine. Karikari is a playmaker, forcing three fumbles and making 43 tackles.
Guess who the Titans checked out at quarterback recently? Former Browns quarterback Tim Couch worked out for Tennessee as they continue to hope that Reggie Bush will be on the board when they pick. But they know it's more likely one of the top two quarterbacks will fall to them instead. There's been no word of a contract offer to Couch since his visit. But expect him to pop up some more around the league as teams evaluate talent for the 2006 season.
I was reading my ESPN the Magazine over the weekend and found it interesting that the fans of practically every NFL team were split almost evenly over whether they were rooting for the Steelers or the Seahawks. The Colts fans who were polled showed a 56% preference for the Steelers. Oddly enough, the fans who were most supportive of the two teams were some of their division rivals. The Browns and Ravens fans were pulling for Pittsburgh at a clip of 61% each. The Seahawks' biggest supporters were the Rams fans at 66% and the 49ers fans at 62%. Who'd have thought it? Especially the Browns and Ravens fans. Those guys are usually brutal towards the Steelers.
Another bit of news out of Indy that you should expect to hear soon is a promotion for Colts defensive assistant Leslie Frazier. When the Bears lost their secondary coach to Buffalo, the word out of Chicago was that defensive coordinator Ron Rivera wanted to bring Frazier in to fill the vacancy. The two had worked together as defensive coaches in Philadelphia. Since this would have been a promotion for Frazier, there shouldn't have been a problem with him interviewing for the spot. But the Colts denied the request, signaling that Frazier will have a position with the team of an equivalent stature and importance in 2006.Earlier this week we reported that the Colts had worked out former Bucs and Indy kicker Martin Gramatica and Murray State kicker Shane Andrus -- who they subsequently signed. But the Colts also took a look at two other kickers, both out of Virginia Tech.
Jimmy Kibble finished his collegiate career back in 2001 and has played in the Arena Football League. He spent last spring in NFL Europe. The left-footed kicker signed a free agent contract with the Eagles, but was relesed at the end of August.
Carter Warley was signed in mid-August by the Bengals when Shayne Graham injured his groin. He was waived in the final round of camp cuts. The Bears gave him a tryout in early October but didn't offer him a contract. Despite intermittent back problems in college, he hit 12 of 15 field goals during the regular season of his season year. But in the Hokies' wild Insight Bowl appearance in December, 2003 Warley missed all three of his field goal attempts -- 40, 45 and 29 yards -- in a 52-49 loss.
He did get to kick a 27-yard field goal and converted all three extra point attempts in a preseason game with the Bengals last summer.