Team Report - INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

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Wide receiver Reggie Wayne said he expects to be cleared April 25 in time to fully participate in offseason workouts.

The 35-year-old Wayne had surgery in October to repair a torn ACL. He said he is ahead of schedule and excited to return to a wide receiving corps that added former New York Giants first-round pick Hakeem Nicks.

"I'm a fan of (Nicks). We can combine all the winning he's done and we've done and come out with a nice mixture," Wayne said. "He's a big target, great skills, big hands ... I really don't think there are a lot of guys that can cover him."

Third-year receiver T.Y. Hilton caught 99 passes, including playoffs, last season and emerged as quarterback Andrew Luck's top target in Wayne's absence.

--Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay had $29,029 in cash and numerous bottles of prescription drugs in his vehicle when he was arrested on felony charges after being stopped on suspicion of drunk driving March 16, according to a police report.

Irsay had trouble standing, his speech was slurred and he admitted taking several medications. He agreed to take a portable breath test on the scene, but the results were redacted in police reports obtained by the Indianapolis Star.

The cash was found in Irsay's briefcase, wallet and two laundry bags, the report said. Police also found numerous bottles containing prescription drugs that were stored in the metal briefcase and in bags on the floor of Irsay's silver Toyota Highlander that he was driving.

Irsay denied being drunk when he was arrested in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel. The police report said the 54-year-old billionaire was so disoriented that officers had him sit on the hood of a patrol car to keep him from falling.

The arresting officer said he "believed Irsay to be intoxicated on a substance other than alcohol," according to the report.

The arrest report listed a dozen pieces of evidence identified as prescription drugs, but did not describe them. Irsay told police he had taken several prescription medications during the day.

The officer at the scene called in another patrol officer and a sergeant to assist with the investigation.

The officer noted that Irsay's speech "was very slow and slurred and Irsay appeared to be disoriented," the report said. "I also observed that his eyes were red and watery. He also displayed poor manual dexterity."

The report said Irsay told the officer that he sometimes has trouble finding his home. The Star reported that Irsay had bought a home in late February that is less than a half-mile from where he was stopped.

"I observed the vehicle come to a complete stop on W. Main Street for no apparent reason. ... As I was approaching the vehicle it began to slowly move eastbound and came to another complete stop in the lane of travel for no apparent reason. ... I asked him if he knew why I had pulled him over. Irsay advised that he was trying to find his house and gets confused with what road it is located on," the officer wrote in the report.

Earlier this week, prosecutors postponed an initial court appearance for Irsay "unless or until" formal charges are filed against him. Irsay was booked on preliminary charges of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.

There will be no hearing unless or until formal charges are filed against Irsay, according to Hamilton County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Andrew Miksha.

Irsay's family said after his arrest that he is undergoing treatment "to help him meet his challenges head-on" at an undisclosed facility outside of Indiana. Irsay's oldest daughter, Carlie Irsay-Gordon, and other close advisors are overseeing the Colts during his absence.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking at the league meetings Monday, said Irsay is subject to discipline following his arrest.

"He is seeking help, and he's done that voluntarily," Goodell said at the meetings in Orlando, Fla. "To my knowledge, there's been no formal charges at this point. Obviously, any policies or laws that are broken, whether they are commissioner, player or coach, those are subject to discipline."

NOTES, QUOTES

--The NFL announced each team's preseason schedule without precise dates or times, except for national TV games and the final preseason week in which all games will be on Thurs. Aug. 28. Week 1 games are Aug. 7-10, Week 2 Aug. 14-18 and Week 3 Aug. 21-24.

The Colts will be at home against the New York Giants in Week 2 and New Orleans in Week 3, while going on the road against the New York Jets in Week 1 and Cincinnati in Week 4. The game against the Saints will be at 8 p.m. Eastern time Saturday, Aug. 23 on CBS.

--Kicker Adam Vinatieri was pleased to re-sign with the Colts. "They knew that there's no other place that I wanted to be," Vinatieri said. "Assuming that they wanted me here, I knew it was something that could definitely get done. I'm excited and extraordinarily happy that I can finish my career with just playing for two teams and at least 10 years on both and maybe more after that. We'll see about that but I wanted to be here and I'm happy they wanted me around. It took a little while but I think everybody wanted the same thing so I knew we could get it done."

Bring 41 years old, he was asked if he thinks about how long he can play. "I'll tell you what, I've always been a short-term guy," he said. "The ultimate long-term goals are always out there but for me, it's a day at a time, a week at a time, a month at a time, a season at a time. For me, even the past couple of months, I've been working my butt off to get back into shape so on April 15 when we report back or April 19, whatever day it is, I'm not too many steps back. For me, as long as my body's feeling healthy and I can continue to kick at a high level, I don't see why I can't continue to play on. I know Morten (Andersen) played until he was 47. I think Gary (Anderson) played until he was 46. I know I'm 41 but in that sense, there's a handful of years left, not just two."

Were the negotiations nerve-wracking?

Vinatieri said, "Surprising, it wasn't overly stressful. I think my wife probably stressed out more than I did because she didn't want to think about moving the kids and going to a different team or another city. For me, I wasn't overly worried because I knew I wanted to be here and I was pretty sure they wanted me here as well. Then it came down to finding the right amount of years and all the terminology involved in that. It's always interesting and/or fun to have other teams calling and seeing who wants you, where they want you and all the different situations.

"But at the end of the day, they were all very, very distant competitors in this. Like I said to my wife, 'As long as the Colts want me around and we can get it done, I want to stay.' It was interesting having my agent get a bunch of phone calls yesterday and talking to teams. Every time you hear that, you go, 'That's awesome, but I don't want to go anywhere else. I want to stay here.' It's nice to know you're loved but at the end of the day, being home is much more comfortable than going anywhere else."

--General manager Ryan Grigson, looking at free agency, says that trying to keep everybody from the previous season's roster isn't easy.

"While you want to lock everybody up and have everybody here, it's still the NFL and you can't have everything," he said. "We're going to try like heck to get that process worked through and see it through how we like."

--The Colts general manager believes that he has a plan in place that will take care of the Colts' needs heading into the 2014 season but further down the road as well.

"It's not hard to tighten your belt when you're looking at what we're looking at in '15 and '16. In future years, we have some key, key young talent that we're going to have to re-sign," Grigson explained.

"So we have to be very prudent and fiscally sound in how we move forward. We still have a plan in place and if there's a chance for us to get better at any position group, we're going to try to get better, if it makes sense from a fiscal standpoint for the club."

--Colts head coach Chuck Pagano saw what Seattle did defensively during its Super Bowl run. He would like to get to that point with the Indianapolis defense if at all possible.

"We certainly had times during the season where we played very, very good defense. Played smothering defense, much like Seattle played. Especially down the stretch. I know the playoffs didn't turn out, obviously we didn't play like we are capable of," Pagano said.

"We've just got to be more consistent. As we add pieces to the puzzle and guys get better at their craft, I think we'll certainly one day say we play defense like that on a consistent basis."

--Both Grigson and Pagano continue to have faith in RB Trent Richardson despite the lack of production after joining the Colts last September. Richardson underwent shoulder surgery to clear up some scar tissue last month.

"The sky's the limit for Trent, having a full offseason with us. This will be a very important offseason for him and for everybody on our roster and every facet of our football program," the Indianapolis coach said.

"I look for great things from Trent. Trent looks for great things from himself. Moving forward, there's high expectations there, not only from us but that he has for himself."

--After season ticket sales were sluggish prior to the start of the 2013 season, that's certainly not the case as the Colts prepare for next fall.

Indianapolis officials acknowledge that the team is back to being nearly sold-out for every game in 2014.

--Indianapolis named Brad White assistant linebackers coach. White had been a defensive quality control coach with the Colts for the past two seasons.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

After agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, general manager Ryan Grigson said, "Hakeem is a big, tough and highly competitive wide receiver who knows what it takes to win. His big-play potential requires attention from the defense every time he's out on the field. He adds another highly talented playmaker to our offense and we are happy to announce he is now an Indianapolis Colt."

--The Colts added two veteran free agents from other teams in an attempt to bolster the defense.

Former Cleveland inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson was signed last week. Jackson had been released on Feb. 26. He signed a four-year, $22 million deal with Indianapolis. Only the first two years of the contract are guaranteed.

Ex-Baltimore Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones, meanwhile, made the move to pair up with former Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano on March 11.

Jones is a former teammate of Colts defensive end Corey Redding in Baltimore. He inked a reported five-year, $30 million deal with a $5.5 million signing bonus.

They also re-signed cornerback Vontae Davis.

TEAM NEEDS

--SAFETY: With the loss of unrestricted free agent S Antoine Bethea to San Francisco, the Colts are in dire need of a starting safety to team with returning veteran LaRon Landry. Indianapolis needs a young, athletic playmaker who has good range in pass coverage.

--CENTER: After the release of two-year starter Samson Satele, the Colts are now looking for his replacement. Satele proved to be inconsistent as a run blocker, which is an area that Indianapolis desperately needs to improve. Phil Costa was signed after being cut by Dallas, but he will likely have competition.

--WIDE RECEIVER: While Indianapolis is expected to have veteran Reggie Wayne back from season-ending knee surgery, the team could use some additional veteran depth at the position. Outside of Wayne, it's a young group of receivers so the possibility of adding more experience is an attractive option. They did sign Hakeem Nicks to a one-year deal.

PERSONNEL TRACKER

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)

--ILB Scott Lutrus has battled injuries over the last two seasons. Lutrus has impressed the coaching staff in practice situations but hasn't been able to stay healthy enough to show what he can do in games. May not return in 2014.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--ILB Pat Angerer has battled injuries throughout most of his Indianapolis career. A second-round pick in 2010, Angerer missed the early portion of the 2012 season after suffering a foot injury. He had several surgical procedures on the foot last offseason. Angerer ended up missing the last half of the 2013 season after knee issues continued to crop up. He is not expected back.

--WR Deion Branch was added to the Colts roster prior to the team's playoff game with New England. He had limited practice time with the team before the Patriots game. Branch's status remains in doubt. He might be brought back for the 2014 season.

--NT Aubrayo Franklin split time with second-year NT Josh Chapman last season. He started 15 of the Colts' 16 games in 2013. A veteran performer, Franklin has experience playing in the Indianapolis defensive system. May not return next season.

--LB Lawrence Sidbury missed all of the 2013 season with a knee injury. Sidbury was added to the Colts roster as a free agent two years ago. He can play both defensive end and outside linebacker. Sidbury spent last year on injured reserve. He might return for 2014.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--CB Josh Gordy (tendered at $1.431M with no compensation) appeared in 12 games in 2013 and registered nine tackles (eight solo), three passes broken up, one interception and four special teams stops. He has played well as a backup cornerback and on special teams. Could return in 2014.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

--DT Jeris Pendleton (tendered at $495,000) did a nice job in a backup role last season. He played in the final regular-season game and then in both playoff contests. Pendleton showed good quickness for a big man. Might return in 2014.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--RB Ahmad Bradshaw: UFA; $855,000/1 yr.

--S Sergio Brown: UFA; terms unknown.

--CB Vontae Davis: UFA; $39M/4 yrs, $20M guaranteed.

--P Pat McAfee: Potential UFA; $14.5M/5 yrs, $1M SB.

--LB Cam Johnson: Potential ERFA; $495,000/1 yr.

--G/T Joe Reitz: RFA tendered at $1.431M with no compensation; $1.431M/1 yr.

--K Adam Vinatieri: Potential UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--C Phil Costa: FA Cowboys; terms unknown.

--LB D'Qwell Jackson: FA Browns; $22/4 yrs, $11M guaranteed.

--DE Arthur Jones: UFA Ravens; $33M/5 yrs, $5.5M SB/$16M guaranteed.

--G Lance Louis: FA; $1.475M/2 yrs, $25,000 SB.

--LB Aaron Morgan: FA; $1.23M/2 yrs.

--WR Hakeem Nicks: UFA Giants; $3.975M/1 yr, $2M SB/$375,000 RB.

PLAYERS LOST

--G Justin Anderson (released).

--S Antoine Bethea: UFA 49ers; $26M/4 yrs.

--RB Tashard Choice (released).

--ILB Kavell Conner: UFA Chargers; 3 yrs, terms unknown.

--WR Darrius Heyward-Bey: UFA Steelers; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--G/T Jeff Linkenbach: UFA Chiefs; terms unknown.

--DL Ricardo Mathews: UFA Texans; terms unknown.

--G Mike McGlynn: UFA Redskins; terms unknown.

--C Samson Satele (released).

--CB Cassius Vaughn: UFA Lions; terms unknown.

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