Veteran Guard Peko, Veteran Safety Floyd Released Wednesday
INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts addressed defensive back and offensive line in the draft, and on Wednesday, they released a veteran from each area.
Tupe Peko, an offensive guard/center who started eight games for the Colts last season, was released Wednesday, as was safety/special teams player Anthony Floyd, who started two games last season.
The club announced the moves late Wednesday morning.
Peko, a four-year veteran from Michigan State, joined the Colts as a free agent in 2002. He started one of 16 games played in 2003. He also started three post-season games that season, including one game – a victory over Denver – that he started at center.
He began last season starting at right guard, then after starting eight of the first nine games, missed five games with a high ankle sprain. He did not start again.
The Colts drafted two offensive guard/centers in this past weekend’s 2005 NFL Draft – Dylan Gandy of Texas Tech in the fourth round and Rob Hunt of North Dakota State in the fifth round.
Floyd, a three-year veteran from Louisville, signed with the Colts as a collegiate free agent after the 2003 NFL Draft. He played six games that season, then played in 11 games this past season, starting two.
He made 17 tackles and recovered a fumble as a rookie, then made 41 tackles, defensing two passes, this past season. He made six special teams tackles this past season.
The Colts drafted safety Matt Giordano from California in the fourth round this past Sunday.