Colts Ink a New Deal with Kicker Adam Vinatieri

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The Colts, a day after they announced they inked TE Dwayne Allen, today announced they have come to terms on a new contract with kicker Adam Vinatieri.

The 43-year-old kicker last season was 25-for-27 on field goals for 107 points.

Colts Bring Back Veteran TE Dwayne Allen

Veteran tight end Dwayne Allen is staying with the Colts.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Monday that the Colts and the veteran tight end have agreed on a four-year pact worth close to $30 million.

Allen didn’t do much in the pass catching department last season, as he was targeted just 29 times in 13 games, and finished with 16 receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown.

“From (owner) Jim Irsay and his family on down we are very pleased to announce the re-signing of Dwayne Allen,” Grigson said in a statement. “Besides the broad skill set and overall talent level he brings, Dwayne’s tenacity and physicality has always been what has set him apart from the beginning. His genuine love for the people of this community, its fans and for the game of football is what makes him special.”

Colts LB Jonathan Newsome Arrested for Marijuana Possession

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Colts linebacker Jonathan Newsome was arrested Wednesday morning on two counts of marijuana possession in Boone County, Indiana according to Matt Adams of the Indianapolis Star.

Newsome was taken into custody around 2 AM early Wednesday morning when police arrived at his apartment due to a noise complaint. He was booked for possession after police found marijuana in the dwelling.

While the charges are not a major concern, the arrest will probably land Newsome in the NFL drug program and subject him to more frequent drug tests. Newsome was also arrested for marijuana possession during his college years at Ball State.

Newsome lead the Colts in sacks in his rookie year in 2014 with 6.5 but had only one in 2015, when he played sparingly and missed two games with a hamstring issue.

Colts to Play Green Bay in NFL Hall of Fame Game on August

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Colts fans will have even more reason to go to Canton, Ohio to see Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as it’s stated that the Packers and Colts, who also have a presence in this year’s Hall of Fame Class with Bret Favre, will do battle in the annual Hall of Fame Game to be played on August 7th.

Colts Announce Two Coaching Staff Moves for 2016

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The Colts are going to be keeping a couple of their assistants from a season ago, as PFT reports on the moves by the horseshoes and coach Chuck Pagano as the team builds towards the 2016 season.

Veteran coach Jim Hostler will be the tight ends coach, and Tim Berbenich will stay as offensive assistant/assistant quarterbacks coach after being a defensive assistant in 2015.

Hostler had been the team’s wide receivers coach. In 16 NFL seasons he’s also been an assistant with the Bills, Ravens, 49ers, Jets, Saints and Chiefs.

The team’s release on Hostler and Berbenich said the 2015 staff has been finalized. The Colts cleaned out their defensive staff, hired and shuffled some offensive coaches and lost assistant special teams coach Brant Boyer to the Jets. Former Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin came on as assistant head coach and will work with the offensive line.

Colts Owner Irsay Says It’s Likely Team Will Lock Up QB Luck This Offseason

Colts owner Jim Irsay believes “there’s a good chance” that the team will sign franchise quarterback Andrew Luck to a contract extension that will be worth “nine figures” during the offseason, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.

“Obviously being this early, there’s no reason to think that we would have had major negotiations yet, but that’s going to be happening as this month gets later and March comes in and all that sort of thing,” Irsay said Tuesday. “I think there’s a good chance we’ll get something done.”

Irsay said during the NFL owner’s meetings in March 2014 that his goal would be to sign Luck to a long-term deal this offseason. The Colts picked up Luck’s fifth-year option ($16.1 million) for the 2016 season last spring.

Irsay knows Luck, the No. 1 overall pick in 2012, will be one of the highest-paid players in the NFL once he gets his new contract.

“Whether it’s going to be the highest and all those sort of thing, we’ll see how that goes,” Irsay said. “…I see Andrew here, God willing, for a really long time, and this won’t be his last contract. With him at 26 years old, it’s going to be ringing the bell in terms of nine figures and that sort of thing.”

Luck is coming off the worst season of his four-year NFL career. He threw 15 touchdowns and committed 13 turnovers in just seven games. He missed nine games due to rib, shoulder, kidney and abdominal injuries. Irsay said Luck’s lacerated kidney, which ended his season in Week 9 against Denver, is finally healed.

“We have continued to monitor that with the kidney doctors and he is good to go,” Irsay said. “He’s healed. He’s really looking forward to a great offseason and getting ready. If we were playing in the Super Bowl, he’d be ready to go.”

Titans vs Colts NFL Week 17 Inactives

Titans inactives: QB Marcus Mariota, WR Kendall Wright, WR Damaris Johnson, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, S Josh Aubrey, LT Taylor Lewan, DE Ropati Pitoitua

Colts inactives: QB Stephen Morris, QB Matt Hasselbeck, QB. Andrew Luck, S Winston Guy, LB Sio Moore, LB Trent Cole, DL Kelcy Quarles

Report Claims Relationship Between Colts Coach Pagano and GM Grigson is ‘Toxic’

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The futures of Colts general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano remain cloudy. But one thing that has become clear is that owner Jim Irsay might have to pick one or the other if he doesn’t fire both at the end of the season, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.

As bad as things have been on the field this season for the Colts (7-8), things are “100 times worse” inside the organization when it comes to the relationship between Pagano and Grigson. One NFL source described the relationship as “toxic.” It has reached the point where Grigson and Pagano have little communication with each other, according to multiple sources.

If Pagano is going to lose his job, which at this point is likely, he won’t go down easily. Pagano said Wednesday he plans to “fight my ass off to be the coach here.” With the Colts on the brink of missing the playoffs for the first time during his tenure as coach, the odds are stacked against Pagano returning after he turned down a one-year contract extension during the offseason. On Sunday, he will coach his ninth game this season without franchise quarterback Andrew Luck.

Grigson, who has made some questionable roster moves during his four seasons, is at this point the more likely of the two to be retained by Irsay. Grigson has one more year remaining on his contract and has a very good relationship with the Irsay family.

Colts vs Steelers NFL Week 13 Inactives

Here are the inactives for tonight’s Colts and Steelers matchup at Heinz Field:

Steelers: Tight end Heath Miller, quarterback Mike Vick, receiver Sammie Coates, running back Jordan Todman, linebacker Sean Spence, offensive lineman Byron Stingily and defensive lineman L.T. Walton.

Colts: Quarterback Andrew Luck, receiver Phillip Dorsett, cornerback Josh Thomas, linebacker Jerrell Freeman, guard Hugh Thornton, tackle Anthony Castanzo and linebacker Bjoern Werner.