I noticed some talk in our fan forum about Tarik Glenn after one fan asked the question of whether or not the Colts should bring him back for the 2008 season saying, "I think we should get rid of him because he takes too many penalties and he has a big-fat contract that has a lot of money."
Many fans jumped in to defend the big guy who has consistently done a fine job protecting Peyton Manning's blindside. But the fact is that the Colts will have some tough decisions to make due to impending cap issues once again despite a $7 million increase in the cap for next season.
Based on figures estimated by our cap expert, David Whiteley, Glenn should hit the cap for $8 million next year. The Colts could lower that through a contract extension since next year is the final year of his current deal. Starting right offensive tackle Ryan Diem's estimated hit for 2007 is $6.2 million, while rookie Charlie Johnson, who has played very well over the last two games subbing for Diem, will only hit the cap for $455,000.
Okay, so you're still reeling from the fact that Jags rookie Maurice Jones-Drew averaged over 11 yards per carry against the Colts defense on Sunday. Well, cheer up. Did you know that he ran for over 9 yards per carry the two weeks prior to that against Buffalo and Miami? At least it wasn't a fluke, the guy is simply an up-and-coming talent in this league. Feel better? Well, I tried....
With Brandon Stokley evidently lost for the season (the Colts aren't talking about it yet, go figure) reportedly with a ruptured Achilles tendon, the team should be putting him on injured reserve, opening up an opportunity for a practice squad player or perhaps even a new player. Teams are often active holding tryouts on Tuesdays, so they could take a look at some players today. I'll keep you posted if we hear anything. The Colts previously took a look at DT Langston Moore, and he's still available. Or maybe they'll give John Standeford a well-deserved promotion to the roster for wide receiver depth. Recently released offensive guard Matt Ulrich is still available, but they don't really need offensive line depth. Don't rule out the possibility that they could add a safety depending on the status of Bob Sanders (knee), Antoine Bethea (shoulder) and Marlin Jackson (shoulder). Right now the Colts only have two fully healthy safeties -- Matt Giordano and Dexter Reid -- and no safeties on the practice squad. The Colts gave some reps at safety to former cornerback Von Hutchins, but he recently signed with the Houston Texans. Jamaal Lord, who showed some good talent for the Cover 2 scheme in camp is still available. ColtPower Insiders can check out last week's available free agents list from Scout.com here.
Speaking of Stokley, he seems to be a tremendous guy with the talent level capable of producing a 1,000-yard receiving season out of the slot like he did back in 2004 when he pulled in 68 catches and 10 TDs. But by our records, he missed 10 games in 2003, the season he came to Indianapolis as an unrestricted free agent. Then he missed just one game during the two years before this season where he'll have been sidelined for 12 games with three different leg injuries (knee, ankle, achilles tendon). That will be 23 out of 64 regular regular season games that he's missed due to injury (36%) by the end of this year since coming to the Colts. Based on numbers provided by our cap expert David Whiteley, Stokley was projected to hit the Colts cap for a little more than $3.4 million with a base salary of $1.5 million. If the Colts hold onto him, he's projected to hit the cap for $4 million next year and over $4.7 million the two years after that.. Unfortunately, if the Colts release him, they still have an estimated $4.2 million in bonus money invested in him that they could reduce to $2.1 million over the next two years depending on the timing of a release versus taking the whole hit next year.
If the Colts release Stokley during the offseason, expect them to put a high priority on a wide receiver in next year's draft unless they do the unthinkable and sign that rare offseason free agent instead.
Did you folks see Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady's stat line from Sunday
against the Dolphins? He was 12-25 for 78 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions.
No, that's not a typo, Mr. Super Bowl Rings had a double-digit passing day. He
fumbled twice, losing one of them and was sacked four times. Backup Matt Cassel
came in for the Patriots' last series with less than 5 minutes to go. Maybe that
sore shoulder that has landed Brady on the weekly injury list as
"probable" for about 2 years running was bothering him a bit in Miami.
You know the last time Peyton Manning had a double-digits passing game? Never.
He's been in single digits twice, last year in the final regular season game where he made a brief appearance against the Cardinals and the year prior in the same situation against Denver with the Colts' playoff fate all squared away. His lowest yardage output in a real game was last year in Week 2 against Jacksonville when he had 122 yards. But unlike Brady's situation, the Colts won that game 10-3.