Colts release Addai, Clark

Running back Joseph Addai (above) and tight end Dallas Clark were among five cuts made by the Colts...

Running back Joseph Addai (above) and tight end Dallas Clark were among five cuts made by the Colts on Friday. (BRENT SMITH/Reuters file photo)

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INDIANAPOLIS - Just two days after officially releasing Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts have also decided to part ways with running back Joseph Addai, linebacker Gary Brackett, defensive back Melvin Bullitt, tight end Dallas Clark and quarterback Curtis Painter.

With Friday's roster moves, the Colts have made it clear that they are moving in a different direction. All five players started their NFL careers with the Colts.

"These players all made tremendous contributions to the organization and will forever be members of the Colts family," said Owner & CEO Jim Irsay. "It's always difficult to make these decisions which the nature of the salary cap requires. Their legacies with the Colts will be forever remembered by the organization, fans and Indianapolis community. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors."

After being selected in the first round out of LSU in 2006, Addai had back-to- back 1,000-yard seasons in 2006 and '07.

Addai's production dropped in 2008, when he rushed for just 544 yards with five touchdowns. Following 828 rushing yards in '09, Addai failed to pass 495 yards in each of the previous two seasons.

In six seasons with the Colts, Addai rushed for 4,453 yards and 39 touchdowns, while contributing 191 receptions for 1,448 yards and nine scores.

The 32-year-old Clark had also been with the Colts since being drafted in the first round of the 2003 draft.

Clark, one of Manning's favorite targets, totaled 427 receptions for 4,887 yards and 46 touchdowns in 115 career games. He holds the team record for touchdowns by a tight end while ranking second in yards (John Mackey, 5,126) and 100-plus yard games (Mackey, 8; Clark, 7).

Bullitt, a member of the Colts for five seasons (2007-11), was limited to a total of six games over the last two years due to injuries. He recorded 193 tackles and seven interceptions in 50 career contests.

The 31-year-old Brackett had 707 tackles, four sacks and 12 interceptions in 116 career games with the Colts.

Originally signed by Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent in 2003, Brackett's 12 interceptions rank fifth in franchise history among linebackers while his 29 passes defensed rank first.

Painter was selected by the Colts in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. In 11 games (eight starts), Painter completed 140-of-271 passes for 1,624 yards, six touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 60.6 quarterback rating.

Since Manning missed the entire 2011 season, Painter got a chance to prove himself. But in nine contests (eight starts), the Purdue product completed 132-of-243 passes for 1,541 yards, six touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Despite Manning's release, Painter was not needed for a Colts team that is expected to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck in the upcoming draft.


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