"It was a little stressful," Rushing told ColtPower this evening. "But Coach Dungy reassured us yesterday after the rookies finished practicing that the deals would get done, so that was good news.
"I never thought that I'd hold out, but it's definitely a relief to have done and I'm ready for training camp."
Former Howard University safety Antoine Bethea said that the process really wasn't a distraction at all for him.
"It's a real blessing. I've been waiting for this day for a long time, and now I can just focus on football from now on," he said. "I had confidence that my agent, Adisa (Bakari), and the Colts would get it done. I wasn't stressed about it at all."
For both players, the excitement about participating in their first training camp was evident. And they both feel that their work and progress to date with the team has been very positive.
"Everything's been going well," Rushing, the former Stanford cornerback said. "I like the coaching staff and I think they have a pretty good feel for the things that I can do. So everything is looking up and going in the right direction."
As a returns specialist, Rushing knows the competition in camp for the kickoff return and punt return spots is going to be fierce.
"They've brought in a bunch of guys who have made big plays returning the ball," he said. "I think it'll be a good competition, and I'm up for it. Hopefully I'll be the one to come out on top."
Bethea can't wait to continue his learning process. He feels he's already absorbed a great deal of information in these past few months.
"Everything's going good and I'm just ready to get things going at camp," he said. "I know the plays now, so I just have to get acclimated to the speed."