Here's what we can piece together from Polian's and Dungy's remarks at the Combine:
- Edge returning to the Colts is 50-50, according to Polian. Much depends on what Edge is asking for and if there is a new or extended CBA for 2006. Polian has not yet talked with Edge's agent, Mr. Hair Gell himself- Drew Rosenhaus.
- If Edge does not return, the Colts have a Plan B, which may involve Dominic Rhodes taking over full-time duty at RB.
Head coach Tony Dungy told PFW [Pro Football Weekly] that Rhodes was a viable option to start if James bolts. First, the Colts will see if the cap situation is settled and how the market will be set by other suitors.The thought of Rhodes starting sends chills down my spine. And not the good kind.
- Regardless of either scenario, Polian wants to draft or sign a running back that can BYOB (Be Your Own Blocker). The Colts were average running in the red zone last season.
- Dungy is considering moving Marlin Jackson from corner to free safety next year. This all but signals the end for Joseph Jefferson, and it puts last year's starting FS Mike Doss on the hot seat. Jackson played very well as the nickel corner that year. Many thought he should have started over David Macklin. Dungy says the move is predicated on who the Colts get in the offseason. Ty Law, anyone?
- Polian intends to re-sign UFA LB David Thornton.
- The Colts are going to tender restricted offers to free agent LBs Cato June and Gary Brackett.
Mike Vanderjagt is history in Indy.
In our minds, we are looking [for a kicker], Polian said. "Mike will be free and he'll probably elect to go somewhere else. We figure it will be an area we have to fill.Polian stated that Vandy's replacement might already be on the roster. David Rayner? Be afraid; very afraid.