Originally posted on Speculative Sports  |  Last updated 3/10/12
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It was bad enough for fans when the team dumped Peyton Manning on Wednesday, but after the moves that were made Friday they may not even recognize the line-up come opening day in 2012.

The Colts released a number of the most recognizable veterans that the team had on Friday namely linebacker Gary Brackett, safety Melvin Bullitt, running back Joseph Addai, tight end Dallas Clark, and quarterback Curtis Painter.

After a dismal season as the Colts starter the release of Painter did not come as a surprise, but the other moves were not expected. What makes them even more interesting (and hard to understand) is that they (along with Manning) only resulted in about $10 million in cap space. The team will still have to pay out $38 million to these players even though they will not be playing for the Colts anymore (guaranteed money, bonuses, etc).

There are rumors that the team is shopping around defensive end Dwight Freeney (which makes the contract they gave Robert Mathis a real interesting move).

It almost makes one wonder whether the team is trying to make sure that they are in position for another high draft pick after the 2012 season too.

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