Colts Looking to Bring Back Familiar Face?

As the Indianapolis Colts begin to gather for their offseason conditioning program, a former starter was also spotted with some of the Colts regulars this weekend. Could the team be considering bringing back this veteran to help at a position of need? Learn more about this player and whether he could help the team.

Free agent guard Rick DeMulling, a former Colt, dined this weekend at an Indianapolis eatery near the Colts headquarters with current players Ryan Diem, Josh Thomas and Ryan Lilja.

While it could have been just a meeting of old friends — DeMulling played alongside Diem and Lilja on the Colts' offensive line during his four seasons with the team — his presence in Indianapolis the weekend before the team's conditioning program begins could also mean the team is thinking of re-signing the veteran guard.

Rick DeMulling (64) could be seeking a return to Indianapolis
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If that sounds familiar, it is — the team also signed DeMulling last year on March 30 after he spent two years with the Detroit Lions.

But DeMulling sustained an injury in training camp and was released by the Colts on Aug. 28, 2007. DeMulling then caught on with the Redskins, although he was inactive for several weeks and actually was released in November before re-signing in December.

DeMulling started his career in Indianapolis after the team drafted him in the seventh round of the 2001 Draft and started 41 games with the team.

The possible addition of DeMulling is interesting to consider because the team let free agent guard Jake Scott sign with the Tennessee Titans this offseason, leaving the position formerly manned by DeMulling and Scott as the only slot on the team where last year's starter won't return.

However, Dylan Gandy has played well in a backup role the last couple of years and will probably get the starting nod. But DeMulling could be a player the team would consider for veteran depth, particularly if some of the young players the team may bring in this summer don't catch on.

He's familiar with the offense, loves playing for offensive line coach Howard Mudd, and had his most professional success with the team. Since DeMulling isn't drawing much interest on the free-agent market, he would likely jump at the chance to resurrect his career with the Colts, even if it's in a backup role.

Whether DeMulling has anything left in the tank remains to be seen; taking a chance on a player that's well-liked in the locker room doesn't seem like much of a risk for the Colts, either.'s Ed Thompson interviewed DeMulling last March when he re-signed with the team. To read that story, click here.

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