Gone is longtime offensive line coach Howard Mudd, who has retired. Gone is veteran defensive end Raheem Brock, who requested his release. Gone is veteran offensive guard Ryan Lilja, who was released earlier this week. Gone is longtime backup quarterback Jim Sorgi, who was also released and is now a member of the New York Giants.
Also gone is ex-starting cornerback Marlin Jackson, a first-round draft choice in 2005 who was not tendered as a restricted free agent and has since signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Indianapolis has also added two new assistant coaches, Ron Turner and Ron Prince. Turner is expected to work with the team's wide receivers while Prince will most likely end up as the Colts' assistant offensive line coach.
Lilja returned to the Colts starting lineup in 2009 after missing parts of the 2007 and 2008 seasons due to knee injuries. The last seasons that Lilja has been completely healthy — 2006 and 2009 — Indianapolis played in the Super Bowl.
"They said they want to go bigger (on the offensive line) and apparently are going to get people who fit that philosophy," said Craig Domann, Lilja's agent.
The move didn't appear to be financially driven. Indianapolis paid Lilja the $1.7 million roster bonus he was due before terminating his contract. He would have earned a base salary of $3.055 million in 2010.
And with the decision to part ways with Sorgi, the Colts are left with just two backup quarterbacks on their offseason roster — Curtis Painter, who was a sixth-round draft pick last year, and undrafted free agent Drew Willy, who spent the last half of the 2009 season on the Indianapolis practice squad.
Painter completed 8-of-28 passes for 83 yards with two interceptions in two appearances as a rookie. He saw all of his playing time in the Colts' final two regular season games.
Sorgi was going to be owed a $275,000 roster bonus the Colts on the fifth day of the league year had he remained with the team.
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