Colts release veteran center Samson Satele

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The 7th year pro is finally released from the Colts after spending two years in Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Colts have finally released 7th-year center Samson Satele, who was entering the final year of his three-year deal signed in 2012. Satele was due to count roughly $5 million against the Colts' salary cap in 2014, a hit that didn't match-up with Satele's on-field production.

As Colts fans can attest, Satele was a weak link in the Colts' offensive line. He was outplayed in 2012 by reserve center A.Q. Shipley, but, strangely, Colts general manager Ryan Grigson opted to trade Shipley and retain Satele. In 2013, Satele was outplayed (and oft-injured) again by Mike McGlynn, who slide from guard to center when Satele was unavailable to play.

For many fans, and some media, the release of Satele was viewed as a bit of a watershed moment for Grigson. There was speculation that Satele would be kept seeing as the Colts had few options under contract next season to play the position. However, Satele's poor play and increased cap hit made his release a no-brainer. The question was would Grigson finally admit that one of his first free agent signings as the Colts general manager had ended up being a bust.

Satele was well-liked in the Colts locker room, and his reputation around the league is solid. Prior to signing with Indianapolis in 2012, he was considered a good center for the Oakland Raiders. It will be interesting to see if he lands with another team and performs at a better level than he did with the Colts.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Stampede Blue

You must be a member of Stampede Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Stampede Blue. You should read them.

Join Stampede Blue

You must be a member of Stampede Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Stampede Blue. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker