Colts Rumors & News

  • Colts want to interview Minnesota’s George Paton, too

    Pro Football Talk "The Colts’ interview list is beginning to look very familiar. According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the Colts have asked for permission to interview Vikings assistant General Manager George Paton. He’s viewed as strong candidate if not the favorite for the 49ers G.M. opening as well, amid..." January 23

  • Report: Colts request interviews with Trent Kirchner, Scott Fitterer

    Pro Football Talk "Seahawks co-directors of player personnel Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer have been in the mix for General Manager jobs the last couple of years and it looks like they will be again in Indianapolis. The Colts fired Ryan Grigson on Saturday and PFT reported on Sunday that the team has started..." January 23

  • Here are the top GM options for the Colts and 49ers

    CBS Sports "If Colts owner Jim Irsay is going to begin a full-fledged search for a general manager this late in the offseason after firing Ryan Grigson on Saturday, then he might as well start with the final four teams left in the fold. The clubs still playing football have several qualified candidates,..." January 23

  • Saints never spoke to Colts about Sean Payton

    Pro Football Talk "The Colts have denied it on the record, and the Saints eventually may do the same. For now, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that no one from the Saints at any time has ever spoken to the Colts, directly or indirectly, about a deal for coach Sean Payton. Colts COO Pete Ward..." January 23

  • Jimmy Raye III Favorite For Colts’ GM Job

    Pro Football Rumors "Jimmy Raye III, who is acting as the Colts’ interim GM in the wake of Ryan Grigson‘s dismissal, is the favorite to become the team’s full-time GM, according to Ian Rapoport of (via Twitter). Rapoport adds that, if head coach Chuck Pagano has a vote in the matter–and it’s not clear that he..." January 22

  • Colts pursued Sean Payton but couldn't reach a deal with the Saints

    CBS Sports "For the second straight offseason there were backchannel communications between the Colts and Saints about a possible trade of Sean Payton, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, though the talks ultimately broke down over draft-pick compensation. While neither ownership group..." January 22

  • Country star Luke Bryan to sing national anthem in Houston

    CBS Sports "The NFL announced Sunday that country music star Luke Bryan will perform the national anthem ahead of Super Bowl LI in Houston. Bryan, a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, will take center stage on Sunday, Feb. 5, to belt out "The..." January 22

  • NFL teams may have to jam cell signals in locker rooms

    Pro Football Talk "As the Antonio Brown Face Book Live fiasco prepares to yield to an actual football game (during which it will be “fair or not” to point out the potential social-media infraction distraction if Brown struggles), there’s a lingering question about the situation that gave rise to the..." January 22

  • Colts have begun reaching out to G.M. candidates

    Pro Football Talk "Maybe Colts owner Jim Irsay doesn’t already know what his next move will be. Per a league source, the Colts have commenced the process of reaching out to candidates currently employed by other NFL teams in the immediate aftermath of the firing of G.M. Ryan Grigson. It was previously believed..." January 22

  • Colts hired psychologists to improve Chuck Pagano-Ryan Grigson relationship

    ESPN "In an effort to stabilize their organization and enhance communication, the Indianapolis Colts brought in psychologists to help improve coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson's relationship, league sources told ESPN. The focus primarily was on ways Pagano and Grigson could improve..." January 22

  • Colts owner says ‘Peyton Manning is not in the mix’ for GM

    Fox Sports "Owner Jim Irsay told reporters that coach Chuck Pagano will return next season and added that “Peyton Manning is not in the mix” to replace Grigson as GM. Jimmy Raye III, the team’s vice-president of football operations, will interview for the job. For the second straight season the Colts..." January 22

  • Colts punter Pat McAfee on firing of GM Ryan Grigson: 'Thank God'

    Sporting News "The news of the Colts firing GM Ryan Grigson on Saturday was met with a sigh of relief among fans — and even one Colts player. Punter Pat McAfee, known for his hilarious tweets, took to Twitter to let everyone knows how he feels about the move." January 21

  • Colts fire GM Ryan Grigson

    TSN "The Indianapolis Colts have fired GM Ryan Grigson, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter. Grigson had been general manager of the Colts since 2012, and drafted Andrew Luck first overall in his first year on the job. The Colts finished 11-5 in each of Grigson's first three years..." January 21

  • Andrew Luck expected to start throwing in three months

    Pro Football Talk "Colts owner Jim Irsay announced on Thursday morning that quarterback Andrew Luck had surgery on his right shoulder and that the team expects he will be ready to play in Week One next season. There’s a lot of time between now and then and Irsay wasn’t specific about when Luck might be expected..." January 19

  • Colts owner Jim Irsay says Andrew Luck had outpatient shoulder surgery in offseason

    Fox 59 "Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had shoulder surgery in the offseason, Colts owner Jim Irsay revealed Thursday. Irsay said Luck had a successful outpatient surgery to fix a right shoulder injury that’s been lingering since the 2015 season." January 19

  • Colts ‘unlikely’ to hire Peyton Manning

    Larry Brown Sports "Peyton Manning may end up joining an NFL front office at some point in the future, but it doesn’t sound like it will be in 2017. According to Bob Kravitz of, Manning is “unlikely” to be hired by the Indianapolis Colts. A report from Jay Glazer of FOX Sports on Saturday claimed Jim..." January 15

  • Jim Irsay did reach out to Jon Gruden, who said no

    Pro Football Talk "Colts coach Chuck Pagano was reportedly given assurances that he’d keep his job. His boss either forgot about those assurances, or it was never as sure as Pagano might have wanted us to believe. Confirming some previous reports from others, Adam Schefter of ESPN says that Colts owner Jim..." January 14

  • Colts' Irsay talking to Peyton Manning

    SEC Country "It was reported Saturday that Colts owner Jim Irsay tried to hire John Gruden as Indianapolis’ next head football coach. Apparently, Peyton Manning was a part of that deal. According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, Irsay made a “strong push” for Manning to serve as the Colts “Head of Football” under..." January 14

  • Colts players ‘desperately’ seeking answers in light of Jon Gruden report

    Sportsnaut "It’s no secret that Jim Irsay’s Indianapolis Colts aren’t exactly the most stable team in the NFL, and the rumors that he asked Jon Gruden about coaching the team have done nothing to quell the notion that they are a dysfunctional mess. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday morning that Irsay..." January 14

  • Colts owner Jim Irsay reportedly pursued and was turned down by Jon Gruden

    ALL 22 "The Indianapolis Colts never gave a definitive statement regarding the status of head coach Chuck Pagano. The reason why might be because Colts owner Jim Irsay was trying to court a high-profile name out of retirement. Irsay apparently tried to recruit former Raiders and Buccaneers coach, Jon..." January 14

  • Irsay’s inaction raises eyebrows in Indianapolis

    Pro Football Talk "A week ago, reports surfaced that Colts owner Jim Irsay had decided to retain both coach Chuck Pagano and General Manager Ryan Grigson. But Irsay and the Colts have still not confirmed those reports. So what is Irsay waiting for? If he’s committed to Pagano and Grigson for 2017, why hasn’t he..." January 13

  • The NFL's Drug of Choice

    Bleacher Report "They didn't ask questions. If something hurt, NFL players simply stepped in line behind dozens of others waiting for the same drug. One by one, for years, players have taken a shot of Toradol to the rear or swallowed the drug in pill form to play football on Sunday. The game-day ritual was..." January 11

  • Pacific Pro Football League for non-NFL-eligible players to debut

    ESPN "A new pro football league announced Wednesday it plans to begin hiring players in winter 2017 and staging games in summer 2018. The Pacific Pro Football League is for players who have graduated from high school but aren't in college and haven't been out for three years in order to make..." January 11

  • Super Bowl ad spending for first 51 years totals almost $5 billion

    Awful Announcing "The Super Bowl is an event where the ads are almost as important as the game. Over the years, attention to the commercials has grown to the point where you can preview them on YouTube and other sites before the Big Game. Because the Super Bowl draws the year’s biggest television audience, it’s no..." January 11

  • Colts fans leave ‘Stop Wasting Luck’ sign at team headquarters

    Sportsnaut "Indianapolis Colts fans are not exactly happy with owner Jim Irsay these days, and it’s not hard to understand why. After a second straight season in which Irsay had a chance to fire his head coach and general manager following failed campaigns, he’s sticking with Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson..." January 07

  • Ryan Grigson reportedly will be back, too

    Pro Football Talk "The puff of white smoke may never be wafting from the chimney, after all. The news that coach Chuck Pagano and G.M. Ryan Grigson will return to the Colts in 2017 has emerged not from a Jim Irsay tweet but a flurry of leaks to multiple reporters. Until Irsay says it, I’m not going to completely..." January 06

  • Jim Irsay breaks silence, says nothing about Pagano and Grigson

    Pro Football Talk "The good news is that Colts owner Jim Irsay has broken his silence. The bad news is that he has still said nothing about the status of coach Chuck Pagano and G.M. Ryan Grigson. Amid multiple reports that Pagano and Grigson have been told they’ll be back in 2017, the tweet-happy owner has posted..." January 06

  • Colts Doom Themselves Returning Chuck Pagano, Ryan Grigson

    Fox Sports "Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson are expected to remain in charge for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017, again neglecting necessary changes. Poor draft decisions and coaching blunders, such as this famous example from 2015, have marred the Indianapolis Colts with Ryan Grigson as the general manager..." January 06

  • Chuck Pagano is told he’ll be back for 2017

    SI "Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has been told by owner Jim Irsay that he will return next season, according to a report from the Sporting News' Alex Marvez. Pagano just completed his fifth season in Indianapolis, and the team has gone 8–8 in each of the past two seasons. " January 06

  • 'Eerily quiet' for Colts as Jim Irsay stays mum on future of coach, GM

    ESPN "The silence of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has reached Day 4. This is the same Jim Irsay that is active on Twitter, often giving out free tickets or talking about the state of the team, that is still silent after his team missed the playoffs for the second straight season despite playing..." January 05

  • Chris Berman stepping down from ESPN NFL studio role

    Larry Brown Sports "Sundays are going to look and feel a lot different at ESPN next fall, as longtime broadcaster Chris Berman is stepping down from his current in the network’s NFL studio. ESPN announced on Thursday that Berman will no longer be hosting ESPN’s NFL studio programming following the playoffs. He..." January 05

  • NFL TV viewership dropped an average of 8 percent this season

    ESPN "Broadcasters of NFL games saw television viewership drop by an average of 8 percent for the 2016 regular season, as a typical game was watched by 1.4 million fewer people than last season (16.5 million versus 17.9 million), according to league data obtained by ESPN. Prime-time broadcasts were..." January 05

  • It's no joke: A barista and a farmer walk into a Vegas sportsbook, and come out with $1.2 million "So, a barista and a farmer walk into the Las Vegas Superbook… It sounds like the setup for a great joke, right? Well, it’s no joke, although the barista and the farmer are now laughing all the way to the bank. That’s because the two finished No. 1-2 in the prestigious SuperContest, the..." January 05

  • Agent's Take: 10 NFL stars who could be in different uniforms in 2017

    CBS Sports "A player getting released because his performance doesn't justify his salary is a way of life in the NFL, where contracts aren't fully guaranteed. When a player is released or traded, the remaining proration of the salary components that are treated like signing bonus immediately accelerate into..." January 04

  • Finalists for 2017 Hall of Fame class include LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Brian Dawkins

    ESPN "First-year eligibles LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor and Brian Dawkins are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also making the finals are Morten Andersen, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin..." January 04

  • 'Hard Knocks' 2017: Which teams are eligible for this year's HBO show?

    Sporting News "HBO's "Hard Knocks," a well-produced show that gives fans get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of training camp, is a popular series. There's always intrigue before the show starts in the summer, as producers must first select a team for the season. The league in 2013 mandated..." January 03

  • Whoever's in charge, Colts' to-do list is long

    Indianapolis Star "Chuck Pagano is back. We think. The Indianapolis Colts coach on Monday held his routine season-ending news conference, one day after the team’s season finale, saying he expected to continue in his current role. But Pagano, whose job status has been in some doubt as the Colts missed the playoffs..." January 03

  • Chuck Pagano: I think Andrew Luck is the best QB in the NFL

    Pro Football Talk "Colts coach Chuck Pagano believes he’ll be back in Indianapolis next season, and believes he’ll be coaching the NFL’s best quarterback. Pagano said today that he’s optimistic that the Colts can be title contenders in large part because he thinks Andrew Luck is the best quarterback in the..." January 02

  • Chuck Pagano expects to coach Colts in 2017 "The NFL's annual wave of firings has -- so far -- spared anyone of note in Indianapolis. Colts coach Chuck Pagano doesn't expect that to change. "No," Pagano said when asked Monday if there was any doubt about returning for next season. "This is just based on your confidence?" asked a..." January 02

  • Adam Vinatieri has half a million bucks riding on his Week 17 field goals

    CBS Sports "Adam Vinatieri knows a thing or two about kicking under pressure. He might very well be the most clutch kicker in NFL history. And if he likes money, he'll need to bust out the ice veins again Sunday. As noted by Adam Schefter of ESPN, Vinatieri has a large sum of cash riding on his kicks..." January 01

  • Colts end year with a little Luck vs. Jaguars

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- Just when it seemed as if the Jacksonville Jaguars had upset the Indianapolis Colts again, quarterback Andrew Luck made the most of the game's final seconds to end a disappointing season on an upbeat note. Luck's 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jack Doyle with nine seconds..." January 01

  • Frank Gore, 33, becomes oldest RB in 32 years to rush for 1,000 yards

    ESPN "Colts running back Frank Gore became the oldest running back since John Riggins to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season when he topped that mark with an 18-yard run in the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Gore, 33, entered the game needing just 37 yards to top the..." January 01

  • Colts' Adam Vinatieri misses a 48-yard field goal, costs himself $500K

    CBS Sports "Everyone expects Adam Vinatieri, maybe the most clutch kicker in NFL history, to make field goals in big spots. But with a bunch of cash on the line, Vinatieri couldn't close the deal Sunday. Vinatieri entered Week 17 with having hit 89.7 percent of his kicks on the season. If he hit just one..." January 01

  • Jim Irsay “very unhappy” with team’s performance

    Pro Football Talk "Colts owner Jim Irsay said earlier this month that he did not anticipate making any changes to the coaching staff or front office once this season came to an end, but some in Indianapolis reportedly don’t feel entirely safe with the final game of the season a few hours away. Adam Schefter of..." January 01

  • Colts' Robert Mathis: Sunday will be my final game "One of the NFL's all-time greats is playing his final game Sunday. Colts linebacker and pass-rushing specialist Robert Mathis announced his plans to bow out after Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 35-year-old is just a half sack behind Dwight Freeney on the list of NFL active..." December 30

  • Andrew Luck's motivation? 'I love football'

    Indianapolis Star "As he prepares to compete in the most meaningless game of his professional career, Andrew Luck searched his soul for reasons why playing even made sense. He almost came up empty. “It is weird. It doesn’t feel good,” Luck said. “But at the same time – and I’ve thought about it earlier this..." December 29

  • Hall of Fame game moved to Thursday night to start preseason

    ESPN "The Hall of Fame game will be played on Aug. 3 -- a Thursday night -- next summer, two days before the inductions into the pro football shrine. On Wednesday, the hall announced the change in schedule. Previously, the game was played on a Sunday, one night after the inductions. Participants..." December 28

  • Frank Gore needs 36 yards to do something that hasn't happened in 32 years

    CBS Sports "Frank Gore, in his 12th NFL season, could accomplish something Sunday against the Jaguars that hasn't been done in 32 years. The Colts running back needs just 36 yards to rush for 1,000 on the season. While 1,000-yard seasons are nothing new, the last time someone at least 33 years old managed..." December 27

  • Chuck Pagano: 'I take full responsibility for everything'

    Indianapolis Star "On the final Monday of his fifth season in Indianapolis, Chuck Pagano stared down a hard reality he’s yet to encounter in his 79 games as an NFL head coach: His is a team that has nothing to play for Sunday. At this juncture, the football hardly matters. It’s The Decision that does. The hope..." December 27

  • Luck on Colts' playoff elimination: 'I feel like I failed my teammates'

    ESPN "If ever there was a time that the Indianapolis Colts needed quarterback Andrew Luck to be at his best, it was Saturday against the Oakland Raiders. The right to remain in playoff contention was on the line for the Colts. There was also very little reason to believe that their defense would be..." December 26