Following the unexpected signing of former Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri, it was just a matter of time before the Colts turned loose at least half of their kicking corps.
And today, that's exactly what happened according to a report by Adam Schefter at NFL.com.
Veteran kicker Jose Cortez, who kicked off for Indianapolis towards the end of the 2005 season, was released. He had re-signed with the team under a one-year deal prior to the Vinatieri signing, but was the second-most expensive kicker out of the four due to his veteran status.
Second-year kicker Dave Rayner, who was a sixth-round pick by the Colts out of Michigan State, was waived. Other teams have the opportunity to put a waiver claim on him through Thursday before he would become a free agent. Rayner started the season on the regular roster as a kickoff specialist, but finished the season on the practice squad.
The cuts leave just Vinatieri and rookie Shane Andrus on the roster at the kicker position as the Colts opened their offseason workouts today. Andrus, out of Murray State, impressed the Colts with his accuracy and leg strength at his tryout earlier this year.
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