Change of plans: Wide receiver Roscoe Crosby was allocated to NFL Europe and was expected to be playing for the Rhein Fire. But ColtPower has learned that the plans have changed and Crosby will be staying stateside.
The big plus for Crosby will be that he'll be able to stay with the team and
go through their full complement of offseason workouts and activities in
Indianapolis. He should see more opportunities, especially on special teams this
year with Troy Walters listed as an unrestricted free agent, and Brad Pyatt and
Dominic Rhodes' future with the teams a bit unsteady as well.
Brock's contract negotiations: Kevin Pompey, the agent for Colts defensive end Raheem Brock, said that the entire negotiations process for Brock's new deal with the Colts went very smoothly. Just after the end of the season, the Colts front office held meetings to determine who they wanted back. And Pompey said he was happy to hear so quickly from Bill Polian and about how much the Colts wanted Brock to return.
"Once we got the feeling that they wanted to have us back, I think that was a relief in and of itself," he told ColtPower. "Once we got that call, he was pretty much set on the fact that he wanted to be back. So he was saying 'let's get it worked out, let's make it happen.'
"Raheem wanted to be a Colt."
During the negotiations, which resulted in a 5-year deal estimated to be worth $25 million according to two sources, the Colts evidently asked the question of whether Brock was still willing to play both inside and outside on the line. When asked if that had been a concern for Brock, Pompey said, "It was never a question from us. I think from the team's perspective, they just wanted to know if he was still comfortable with that."
Minnesota bound? The Vikings want to add a veteran to their middle linebacker mix, apparently concerned that they don't have one that can cover well against the pass. Their current depth chart includes Sam Cowart, Derek Smith and restricted free agent Matt Wilhelm. Two possible candidates mentioned in the local media are a pair of Colts -- Rocky Calmus and Rob Morris who will both be unrestricted free agents.
Oversight could be costly: If the Colts don't make a move to sign Rocky Calmus to a one-year minimum deal prior to this week's free agency deadline, they should be prepared to lose him. During the offseason, Calmus has appeared to be anxious to show the Colts what he can do for them. But if they don't at least come through with a one-year deal for the league minimum before he has to hit the open market, the Colts will likely lose him. Once other teams enter into the bidding and possibly have a middle linebacker spot up for grabs, that could be a huge lure for Calmus since that's his natural position.
Mock draft: Rob Rang of the Sports Xchange posted his latest first-round mock draft up at FoxSports.com. He has the Colts selecting LSU running back Joseph Addai. He likes Addai's versatility as an "all-around back" To see his entire first round, click here.