Colts Notebook: March 12

The Colts didn't win the Super Bowl, but Pierre Garçon was a guest at the White House this week anyway. Find out why, and get caught up on the latest news around the team inside!

— Colts WR Pierre Garcon was a guest at the White House this week.

Garcon attended a gathering in the Rose Garden in Washington that included President Barack Obama and the President of Haiti. The event was held to highlight the response to the recent Haitian earthquake.

Garcon, whose parents along with numerous family and friends are from Haiti, brought national attention to the need for help to Haiti during the Colts run to the Super Bowl this past season. He was recognized for his efforts that have raised over $100,000 for Haiti relief.

—Indianapolis has signed offensive lineman Andy Alleman.

Alleman (6-4, 310) originally was a 2007 third-round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints. He spent 2008 with Miami and last season with the Kansas City Chiefs, who did not offer him a contract at end of the season.

Alleman, who can play all three offensive line positions — center, guard and tackle — started seven games during the past two seasons.

— The Colts have claimed DE J.D. Skolnitsky off waivers from the Washington Redskins.

— Skolnitsky (6-5, 255) spent 2009 with Washington's practice squad after signing as an undrafted free agent from James Madison.

—The Colts now have had their day in the Indiana General Assembly.

One week after the Indiana Senate passed a resolution honoring the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, both houses of the Legislature passed a resolution honoring the Colts for their season that ended with a 31-17 loss to the Saints.

Colts president Bill Polian and cornerback Jerraud Powers visited both the Senate and the Indiana House to thank lawmakers for their support of the AFC champions.

The Senate resolution approved last week was sponsored by longtime Saints fan and LaPorte, Ind., Democrat Sen. Jim Arnold.

— Indianapolis has added offensive tackle Gerald Cadogan, defensive end John Chick, wide receiver Dudley Guice, defensive tackle Mitch King, cornerback Terrail Lambert, wide receiver John Matthews, running back Devin Moore, linebacker Brandon Renkart, wide receiver Taj Smith, offensive guard Jaimie Thomas, and quarterback Drew Willy.

Lambert, Matthews, Renkart, Smith, Thomas and Willy all spent time on the team's practice squad last season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm honored to be one of those lucky guys who continues to stay and gets to finish my career with the Colts. It's a testament to how they view me as a player, not only on the field, but what I bring to the team in the locker room. Obviously, this is a great place to play. When you get a chance to stay a Colt for life, you usually jump at it and that's why I wanted to do everything within my power to make this my home. I knew deep down where I wanted to be and I knew we were close to getting something done. It took a little bit after that to secure a deal but we got something done and we're both happy that we could secure a deal." — LB Gary Brackett on being able to play his full career with the Colts after re-signing with the team last week.

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