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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Colts release center Samson Satele


By on 3/06/2014 08:45:00 PM

The Indianapolis Colts have been extremely active today, already parting ways with linebacker Pat Angerer and making a splash by penning free agent linebacker D'Qwell Jackson to a contract. The Colts are obviously unhappy with their inability to procure a Super Bowl last season, and are showing the proactivity associated with the great franchises.

They have now released starting center Samson Satele in a move that creates over $4M in cap space for the Colts. The Colts are in the process of restructuring their current roster in order to get over the hump next season.

Samson Satele, Wikimedia Commons

Satele missed three regular season starts last season with elbow and knee injuries, and was viewed as an impediment within the Colts' offensive line. While his lack of success last season can be contributed to his injuries, Satele is renowned for being bullied by opposing defensive tackles, often being pushed back into the pocket and dashing the Colts' ability to effectively run the ball. Via Pro Football Focus, the Colts finished with the 11th worst rushing attack in the NFL last season.

The Colts will look to bolster the weakest cog in their offense by improving upon their current stock of offensive linemen. Gosder Cherilus and Anthony Castanzo were the only productive members within an offensive line that produced six different starting lineups over a six game period in 2013. There was disarray up front, to say the least.

The Colts will shore up these issues during free agency and in the NFL Draft, and will once again be a team to watch in 2014.

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