|By John Oehser - Colts.com|
Colts Obtain Calmus from Tennessee for Future Draft Selection
INDIANAPOLIS - With the regular season a week away, the Colts made a series of roster moves Saturday to comply with league deadlines.
They made a bunch of cuts.
They put a couple of players on injured reserve.
And they made a trade.
On the day after their preseason finale, the Colts reached the NFL roster limit of 53 players by making 26 roster moves, including the placement of two veterans – Makoa Freitas and Brad Pyatt – on injured reserve, as well as officially beginning the previously announced suspension of safety Mike Doss.
The Colts, in addition to releasing 16 players, also traded an undisclosed future draft selection to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for middle linebacker Rocky Calmus, a four-year NFL veteran from the University of Oklahoma.
Calmus, the 77th selection (third round) in the 2002 NFL Draft, started 12 of 27 games in three seasons for the Titans. According to NFL.com, he has recorded 80 tackles with 60 assists, and also has a sack with two interceptions.
Calmus joins veterans Rob Morris and Gary Brackett as middle linebackers on the Colts' roster.
Brackett, a third-year veteran, started all five preseason games. Morris, the Colts’ 2000 first-round draft selection, played extensively as a backup and on special teams in preseason after starting each of the past four seasons.
Also on Saturday, the Colts made official the signing of unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Corey Simon, who agreed to terms with the club earlier in the week. Simon, the No. 6 overall selection in the 2000 NFL Draft, played the past five seasons with Philadelphia.
Simon made the Pro Bowl for the Eagles in 2003.
The 16 players released included one veteran – safety Waine Bacon – with extensive NFL regular-season playing time. Bacon joined the Colts’ practice squad late in the 2003 season, then played 11 games last season as a reserve defensive back and special teams player.
Bacon started against the Denver Broncos in the fourth preseason game, and led the Colts twice in tackles in five preseason games.
Other players released by the Colts Saturday were:
Quarterback Tom Arth, defensive end Justin Brown, defensive back Willie Ford, defensive end Sean Guthrie, linebacker Nick Hannah, offensive guard Trevor Hutton, linebacker Chris Laskowski, defensive end Josh Mallard, defensive back Jermaine Mays, offensive tackle Jim Newton, running back Vashon Pearson, offensive tackle David Porter, linebacker Andre Sommersell, wide receiver John Standeford and running back J.T. Wall.
The Colts also terminated the contract of Marcus Spears, a 12-year veteran offensive tackle who signed as a free agent during the preseason, and placed three players on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury (NFL Europe) list: defensive back Daryl Dixon, kicker Stephen Scaldaferri and defensive end Javor Mills.
Cornerback Von Hutchins, who played extensively as a rookie reserve last season, was placed on the Reserve/PUP list. A player placed on PUP must miss at least the first six weeks of the season, but he can be activated thereafter.
Freitas, a sixth-round selection by the Colts in the 2003 NFL Draft from the University of Arizona, sustained a foot injury in the preseason finale. Pyatt, also a third-year veteran, was signed as a free agent from Northern Colorado just before training camp that season. He also was injured in the preseason finale.
Freitas and Pyatt, because they are on injured reserve, will not play this season.