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Here are the highlights of this week's posts by ColtPower publisher Ed Thompson:
The Colts, Pats, and Eagles worked out Virginia Military Institue LB Justin Huggard this week. I've set up an interview with him for Monday evening, so we'll be bringing you more on this. Looks like a potential undrafted free agent target.
Javor Mills, the defensive lineman who spent last year on the injured reserve list is no longer with the Colts. The former Jaguar who appeared in 8 games back in 2002 for Jax has either been released or the Colts opted not to re-sign him.
Gerome Sapp hasn't signed his restricted free agent tender but was supposed to meet with his agent this past week to discuss their options. He said that his top preference at this point is to stay in Indy because he likes it there and really likes playing for Tony Dungy. So barring any unusual turn of events, I think you can count on Gerome being back for 2006, and that's a real plus. As you'll see in the interview, he is very important to the Colts special teams success.
One thing that I found interesting about Indiana DE Victor Adeyanju's comments in his interview with us was when he mentioned that in his talk with the Colts they asked him about adding some weight. That really added some fuel to the fire that they may be looking at him as a potential DT candidate who can also play DE like Brock. With Josh Williams gone, Sweet Pea yet unproven, Larry Tripplett in Buffalo, Adeyanju might be a nice pickup. But they would likely have to snag him in the second round to do that. If he's still on the board when they pick in the third round, I think he's a slam-dunk. In the second round, it's less likely they'd pick him up with their RB and LB situation unless they do more to address that in free agency.
I spoke to rookie kicker Shane Andrus this week, and he's planning to be back in Indy this weekend since the team starts their first organized offseason workouts next week.
I interviewed the younger brother of former Colts offensive lineman Tupe Peko this week who told me that Tupe has been playing Arena Football. But his younger brother, Domata, who is entering the draft as a DT out of Michigan State, said that Tupe is drawing some interest from NFL clubs again and has a workout with the Texans scheduled.
LB Rocky Calmus got a clean bill of health to play football again with no limitations from his surgeon in Indianapolis. But to this point the Colts don't seem to be in a rush to sign him or any free agents. Bill Polian said at the Combine the Colts usually sit out about the first 3 weeks of free agency until the market calms down. We're just hitting that stage this weekend.
Restricted free agent Makoa Freitas didn't sign his contract tender last weekend as he planned due to the Colts sending a group to the NFL owners' meeting. He plans on meeting with team officials early this week to sign the tender.
According to one report we received, the Colts had a scout at the University of Southern Mississippi and it's believed that the player they wanted to check out was linebacker Kevis Coley, who was Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year.
We received a note from one of our network sources that former Colts WR Jerome Pathon has worked out for the Texans.
In reaction to a report by KFFL on Friday, ColtPower will attempt to confirm that the Colts have scheduled a visit with USC DT LaJuan Ramsey who projects as a late-round selection in this year's draft.
UCLA running back Maurice Drew has been a busy guy. He interviewed with the Browns this week and worked out for the Falcons. Next week he has a workout with the Eagles planned and a visit with the Steelers. Then he has a visit with the Rams on the 11th.
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