The Indianapolis Colts are going to look like a completely new team next year, both on the field and in the front office. According to a report from Mike Chappelle of the Indianapolis Star, the Colts have released Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark, Melvin Bullitt, Gary Brackett and Curtis Painter.
These are guys that were all part of the Colts core during the Peyton Manning years so this is a huge change for the Colts. You have two first round picks in this group and another full-time starter for a number of years.
Clark was the Colts 2003 first round pick and was among the league's top tight ends until injuries limited him to just 16 starts in the last two seasons combined. Addai was another first round pick in the 2006 draft and started off his Colts career with a pair of 1,000 yard seasons before his production declined. Brackett had been with the team since 2003 and was a starter for most of his career in Indy. Bullitt joined the team in 2007 and Painter started for the Colts after Kerry Collins went down early in the season.
Add in the loss of Reggie Wayne and his 11,000+ yards receiving in Indianapolis and this is going to be a dramatic turnover for the Colts.
The changes continue for the Colts who fired both Bill and Chris Polian and then head coach Jim Caldwell after the season. Ryan Grigson was hired as the team's new GM and Chuck Pagano is the head coach. And then of course there's Peyton Manning's departure.