Ed Johnson is back

Derek from XL 950 just sent me this press release:

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INDIANAPOLIS – The
Indianapolis Colts have re-signed defensive tackle Ed Johnson, the club
announced today.

Johnson (6-2, 296) joins the Colts after
starting 16 games in 2007 and one game in 2008 for the club.  Johnson, who has 73 career tackles,
originally was signed as a free agent by the Colts on May 5, 2007.  He had 63 stops, 49 solo, with one sack and
one forced fumble in 2007, filling in for injured defensive tackle Booger
McFarland.  Johnson had 10 tackles
against Chicago
in the 2008 season opener.  He was waived
September 11, 2008. 

            “We are giving Ed Johnson another opportunity to play for
the Indianapolis Colts.  We

dismissed Ed last year
because he knowingly violated a team rule in the area of personal conduct. 

We consider every violation
of a team rule or NFL policy on an individual case-by-case basis,

and we evaluate a possible
return to the team on that same basis. 
Ed understands our team rules

and our mandate that players
represent themselves as professionals at all times.  We feel the

lessons Ed has learned will
allow him to be what we demand from our players,” said Colts Head Coach Jim
Caldwell.  

“I
would like to thank the Colts, especially Jim Irsay, for this second privilege
to join the team.  I apologize to
everyone for the situation I created last year. 
I have learned valuable lessons from my mistake, and I want to re-gain
the trust of the organization, my teammates and our fans,” said Johnson.

Wow, didn’t see that coming.  Personally, I’m glad for Johnson.  He paid a high price for his last screw up, and all his statements were gracious and contrite.  For his sake, I hope he’s got his act together.  Given the nature of the charges against him, I think this is an appropriate move.

I hope it works out.

Links:
Oehser hits the nail on the head again.  I swear, it’s like he’s reading my mind. I find his confidence in Caldwell reassuring.  To me, he’s the biggest question mark about 2009.  #4 and #1 are dead on.  2 and 3 feel like cheats, only because I’ve not actually heard anyone raise those questions so it feels a little straw-manish.  Still it’s great work.

Kuharsky’s take on Ed Johnson is dead on.  Thanks Cass.  The team simply doesn’t need to do this move.  It could work out great for the Colts, but if nothing else, it’s great for Ed.  I don’t know why I care so much, but for some reason, I’m really rooting for him. 

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