The Buzz: Colts Roster Moves, Adjustments

The Colts continue to line up talent and tweak their roster for the 2007 season. And we've also got some news on former Colts for you as well in this edition of "The Buzz".

ColtPower has learned that Indianapolis is in the process of adding kicker Shane Andrus to the roster as one of their players who will be allocated to NFL Europe. Andrus was in the Colts' training camp last year and showed good kick depth and field goal accuracy.

The Colts officially released center Mike Johnson, who was one of their NFL Europe designees last year with the Amsterdam Admirals. He was originally signed late in 2005 to the Colts practice squad after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs. But Johnson landed on the NFLE injured reserve list with a hamstring injury and missed all of last year's training camp and season with Indianapolis.

Matt Ulrich (Getty Images)
Indianapolis has requested an NFL Europe exemption for offensive guard Matt Ulrich as well. The reserve offensive lineman out of Northwestern was originally signed as an undrafted free agent back in 2005 and has rotated on and off the Colts roster and practice squad over the past two seasons. With both Jake Scott and Ryan Lilja scheduled to become restricted free agents in March, the Colts are likely thinking that Ulrich could benefit from some live game reps this spring to prepare him to secure at least a steady reserve role this season on the active roster.

Late last week, the Colts added practice squad offensive tackle Michael Toudouze to the roster for 2007, raising the total of signings from the practice squad to six. They had previously re-signed QB Josh Betts, FB Luke Lawton, WR Devin Aromashodu, C Albert Bimper, and DB Tanard Davis.

This week the contracts of three other practice squad players expired, making RB Kory Chapman, TE Aaron Halterman and DT Vincent "Sweet Pea" Burns free agents. While Chapman and Halterman were free agent signings, Burns was a third-round draft pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by Indianapolis. He was placed on the team's practice squad injured reserve list late last year.

Former Colts recently involved in transactions included DE Nathaniel Adibi who was added to the Titans' roster and will be heading to NFL Europe. Also making the trip overseas is OL Rob Hunt, another 2005 Colts draft pick who is now with the Chiefs. And wide receiver Adam Herzing has been released by the Steelers.


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