Indianapolis Colts Do a Major Housecleaning in Release of Five Vets

While the NFL world awaits where Peyton Manning will go next, his old team, the Indianapolis Colts, have decided to do a housecleaning like we haven’t see in a LONG time.

The Colts Friday released veteran linebacker Gary Brackett, running back Joseph Addai, TE Dallas Clark, DB Melvin Bullitt and QB Curtis Painter.

The Indy Star reports that the team is also looking at dealing Dwight Freeney. The Colts are fielding telephone calls from teams interested in acquiring the perennial Pro Bowl defensive end, according to ESPN, which cited unnamed league sources.

Brackett had spent his entire nine-year career with the Colts, starting 86 of his 116 career games. He had inked a five-year, $33 million contract extension in March of 2010.

Addai, a 2006 first-round pick out of LSU, was entering the second season of a three-year, $14 million contract from last August. Addai ran for 433 yards and a touchdown in 15 games last season and was scheduled to make $2.9 million in base salary in 2012.

Clark had a tough 2011 as he was limited by injuries to 11 games. Last season he caught just 34 passes for 352 yards and two touchdowns. Clark turns 33 this summer and was due $4.53 million in base salary with a $50,000 workout bonus.

The releases show how deep the cuts are likely to be in that organization, as the releasing of Painter, Addai, Bullitt and Clark clears little cap space ($5 million) for the upcoming season.

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