INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts signed top draft pick Joseph Addai, the heir apparent for Edgerrin James, on Saturday night.
The former LSU star, selected 30th overall, agreed to a five-year deal with a maximum value of just over $11 million, according to a source close to the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity. The source said $4.7 million of that total was "guaranteed money" but did not describe it as a signing bonus.
With training camp set to begin Sunday at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, the Colts had signed three of their seven picks.
Michael Toudouze, a fifth-rounder out of Texas Christian, signed Friday. The guard agreed to a four-year deal worth $1.75 million, including a signing bonus of $149,000.
Earlier Saturday, the Colts signed sixth-round pick Charlie Johnson, an offensive tackle out of Oklahoma State, to a four-year contract worth about $1.6 million, according to Johnson's agent, Rodney Williams.
"He's excited. He wants to go in and compete and he wanted to get this done on time," Williams said. "We would have liked to have wrapped it up a little sooner."
Four others remained unsigned Saturday. Players who have not signed with the team when training camp begins cannot practice.
Addai is expected to split carries this season with Dominic Rhodes as the two try to replace James, who rushed for more than 9,200 yards in seven years with Indianapolis. James signed with Arizona as a free agent.
Bravos of Steel wrote:great, as an Addai owner this is a sigh of relief.
What you Colts fan look at him as? Immediate starter? or will Rhodes carry the load?
See as addai gets the majority of the carries. I will say with what me and DDuranDuran, say. Rhodes ever since the injury he sustained a few years back, has not been himself. His foundating is being a SPEED RB. He has lost his first quick step and can't shift around as he used to. Addai should be good redraft wise and great in dynasties IMO. Lets hope that I am right. We will see as the year moves along.