INDIANAPOLIS – They arrived within two weeks of one another, signing with the Colts as free agents in 2003.
And for the past four seasons, defensive tackle Montae Reagor and wide receiver Brandon Stokley have been key members of four AFC South championship teams, inspirational leaders on one of the NFL’s elite teams.
Each was released by the team this week, the club announced Friday.
Reagor, an eight-year veteran, signed with the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 1, 2003, having spent the first four seasons of his career with the Denver Broncos.
Reagor, 29, immediately became a starter and a locker-room leader, starting 40 games from 2003-2005 and registering 10.5 sacks during that span.
He also started the first five games of this season, but on October 22 – shortly before the Colts’ 36-22 victory over the Washington Redskins – Reagor sustained head injuries in an automobile injury near the Colts’ complex.
He did not play again last season, and the team placed him on the reserve/non-football injury list shortly after a 45-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in late November.
Reagor finished the season with 10 tackles and a pass defensed with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Stokley, like Reagor, accompanied the Colts to Super Bowl XLI in Miami, and also like Reagor, had this past season shortened by injuries.
It's weird that it's like that in the NFL, in that a player gets hurt and a team clearly misses his play and then cuts him after the season.