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ICYMI: Free Agency Recap and Colts on Twitter

After a slow start to the offseason, things have finally started to heat up with the beginning of free agency. Like this time last year, the Colts were again one of the teams with the most money to spend – so moves were going to happen. Keeping up with everything can be a bit difficult, so here is a recap of everything that occurred the past week. And as always, enjoy seeing what your Colts are saying on Twitter.

Colts give Justin Hickman an extension

Although he missed the entire 2013 season, the Colts made sure to agree on an extension with linebacker Justin Hickman. Hickman has been with the team since 2012 and was an exclusive rights free agent. Hickman is another strong addition to the linebacker core in Indianapolis. Here is our original post on the deal.

 Colts re-sign Fili Moala

Last year, the Colts signed Fili Moala to a one-year deal – and guess what – they did it again this year. Moala is a solid rotational player on the defensive line, and last year he tied a career high with 26 tackles and also had 1.5 sacks. Here is our original post on the deal.

Colts re-sign Adam Vinatieri

They say “Father Time” is undefeated, but Adam Vinatieri is proving that statement wrong. At the young age of 41, Vinatieri was the oldest player in the NFL this season, and that trend is going to continue for a little bit longer because the Colts were able to wrap him up for two more years. This means if Vinatieri plays out his contract, he will have played 10 seasons with both the Colts and Patriots. Here is our original post on the deal.

Colts re-sign Sergio Brown

 The Colts were able to bring back Sergio Brown after spending two years in Indianapolis. Brown might not be a name that pops off the screen for most people, but he does have an important role with the team. Brown is known for his special team duties where he does it all: tackle, downs punts, forces turnovers and anything else one could do in his role. Here is our original post on the deal.

Colts sign Arthur Jones

Arthur Jones was the first free agent player the Colts added this offseason. After spending his first four seasons with the Ravens, Jones and the Colts agreed on a 5-year deal, $33 million dollar deal with $10 million guaranteed. Jones is a big addition to the defensive line that was brought in to stop the run – although he can get to the quarterback. Here is our original post on the deal.

Colts re-sign Vontae Davis

In perhaps the biggest move for the Colts this offseason, they were able to re-sign Vontae Davis to a 4-year, $39 million dollar deal with $20 million guaranteed. Before free agency officially started, there were reports that Davis and the Colts weren’t close on a deal in their discussions. On top of that, Davis was also reportedly close to a deal with an unknown team. Luckily, none of that mattered in the end and the Colts were able to retain their top cornerback that they traded a second-round pick for in 2012. Here is our original post on the deal.

Colts re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw

After signing a one-year deal with Indianapolis last season, Ahmad Bradshaw and the Colts agreed to another one-year deal. Bradshaw had an optimistic start to last season when he had 186 yards and two touchdowns in three games. Unfortunately, Bradshaw didn’t touch the field after week three due to an injured neck. If healthy, Bradshaw will be a solid addition the current running back core of Trent Richardson and Vick Ballard. Here is our original post on the deal.

Colts lose three players

In a move that was expected by many, Antoine Bethea did not re-sign with the Colts and took his talents to San Francisco. After having eight stellar seasons in Indianapolis, two-time Pro-Bowl selection, Bethea’s production wasn’t what the Colts wanted for the type of deal he was looking for. Last season, Bethea finished with 110 tackles, one sack and two interceptions. Bethea’s deal with the 49ers was a 4-year, $22 million dollar deal.

In another expected move, the Colts and Donald Brown had to part ways. After already having Richardson, Ballard and Bradshaw, the Colts simply had to room for Brown. Brown decided to sign with the Chargers for a three-year, $10.5 million dollar deal with $4 million guaranteed. Brown was the Colts’ first-round selection in the 2009 draft, and had a solid run with the Colts. Brown finished last season with a total of 919 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Kavell Conner is also going to San Diego with Brown. Conner was drafted by the Colts in 2010, but simply wasn’t able to find a role with the team since the new regime took over. Conner’s deal with the Chargers is for three years.

Colts sign Phil Costa

After releasing center Samson Satele, the Colts added another center – Phil Costa. He might not be Alex Mack, but he helps fill a hole that the Colts don’t have much for right now. Costa was drafted by the Cowboys in 2010 and started the entire 2011 season where he was pretty up and down. Unfortunately, Costa has only started one game in the past two seasons due to a lingering back issue. It’s unknown what role the Colts signed Costa for. He could end up being the starting center or he could just be depth for the position. Here is our original post on the deal.

Colts sign Hakeem Nicks

The Colts and Hakeem Nicks were able to agree on a 1-year, $3.5 million dollar deal that could go up to $5.5 million if Nicks meets specific incentives. Wide receiver has been one of the big needs since the season ended, and hopefully the addition of Nicks can fulfill that need. This has become the most talked about deal the Colts have done this offseason, and for good reason. In five years with the Giants, Nicks finished with 4,622 yards and 27 touchdowns. Nicks has been an elite talent that has battled multiple injuries, and he can help take the Colts’ offense to the next level if he can stay healthy. Here is our original post on the deal.

 

Colts on Twitter

 

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