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Toudouze Signs, Addai Still Negotiating

Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Sat Jul 29, 2006 2:09 am

I pray Addai gets into camp soon. The sooner he gets acclimated to the offense the better. Also, it's nice to see Adam Meadows might be getting another shot with the Colts. I always liked his presence on the o-line.

Addai still negotiating; offensive tackle inks four-year deal

By Tom James
The Tribune-Star

Indianapolis — One down, six to go.

That’s the scorecard for the Indianapolis Colts’ 2006 draft picks as former Texas Christian offensive tackle Michael Toudouze signed with the team Friday. The fifth-round draft pick reportedly agreed to a four-year contract with Indianapolis that is worth approximately $1.79 million. He also received a $149,000 signing bonus.

According to the Associated Press, first-round pick Joseph Addai could also be close to joining the fold.

Agent Ian Greengross said Friday that negotiations with the Indianapolis Colts have progressed to where the two sides have agreed on a five-year term for the deal while other details, including money, remain unsettled as Sunday’s start of training camp nears.

Addai was the Colts’ top pick in the April draft and is the apparent heir to James, the franchise’s career rushing leader who won the NFL’s rushing title as a rookie in 1999 after missing the first 21 days of training camp.

“We’re moving along and with each phone call, there’s a little more progress,” Greengross told The Associated Press. “We’re definitely into the meat now, no question. The next few phone calls will determine more about whether we can get it done in time.”

Toudouze played four seasons at TCU, earning first-team All-Mountain West honors as a senior. The San Antonio, Texas, native is expected to contend for a roster spot behind starters Tarik Glenn and Ryan Diem.

With the Colts’ 2006 training camp set to get under way at Rose-Hulman Sunday, the remaining members of Indianapolis’ 2006 draft class — Addai, cornerback Tim Jennings, linebacker Freddie Keiaho, offensive tackle Charlie Johnson, safety Antoine Bethea, and cornerback/kick returner T.J. Rushing — remain unsigned.

According to league sources, the primary holdup for the rest of the Colts’ draft picks is the team’s insistence on four-year contracts rather than the three-year agreements being proposed by agents.

Players are not allowed to take part in practices or any other team-related activities during training camp until a contract is finalized. The first scheduled training camp practices are set for Monday (8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.)

n Freitas released: Offensive tackle Makoa Freitas, who missed the entire 2005 season with a foot injury, was reportedly released by the Indianapolis Colts on Friday.

Although team officials have not released any information on the roster move, sources close to Freitas confirmed that the Colts had decided to part ways with the former Arizona offensive lineman.

A third-round draft choice by Indianapolis in 2003, the 6-foot-4, 295-pound Freitas had been slow to recover from a foot injury that he incurred in the Colts’ preseason finale at Cincinnati. He was placed on the team’s physically unable to perform list after undergoing surgery on the foot last fall.

Ironically, Freitas had injured the same foot in 1999 as a sophomore at Arizona and was forced to miss the rest of the season after starting the first three games.

The loss of Freitas might spur the Colts to consider bringing back former Indianapolis offensive tackle Adam Meadows, who was released by the Carolina Panthers earlier this week.

Meadows, a close friend of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, had unexpectedly retired last year after signing a free-agent contract with Carolina. According to his agent, Don Henderson, Meadows has been contacted by several NFL teams, including the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys.

“He took a physical and worked out for [New Orleans],” Henderson told the Baton Rouge Advocate on Thursday. “He passed the physical with no problems and then had a great workout. We’re talking with Mickey [general manager Mickey Loomis] to see if we can at least get this thing going.”
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