The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to a contract with running back Joseph Addai and signed five free agents, including defensive tackle Eric Foster, offensive guard Kyle DeVan, offensive tackle Michael Toudouze and quarterback Nate Davis. The club also agreed to terms with running back Delone Carter, defensive back Chris Rucker and defensive tackle Antonio Johnson while claiming tight end Tyson DeVree off of waivers (Cleveland). Lastly, the Colts released defensive back Kelvin Hayden.
In five seasons, all with the Colts, Addai has been a staple in the backfield as the LSU graduate has accumulated 4,020 yards on 977 carries with 38 touchdowns and has contributed with eight career 100-yard games. He has also totaled 176 receptions for 1,355 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2010, Addai was hampered by injuries, but recorded 495 rushing yards and four touchdowns in eight games. In his first two NFL seasons (2006 and 2007), he topped the 1,000-yard mark en route to earning AFC Pro Bowl honors in 2007. Addai has also been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week on two occasions and was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month in November of 2006.
Foster has recorded 125 tackles (92 solo), six sacks, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and one pass defensed in 45 career games with the Colts. Last season, he set a career-high with 3.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries while adding 33 stops.
In two seasons with the Colts, DeVan has started 21 of 31 games at left and right guard. He was part of an offensive line that blocked for Peyton Manning’s single-season franchise record 4,700 passing yards last year. The offensive line has also allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL over the last two seasons with 16 in 2010 and 13 in 2009.
Toudouze has spent all four of his NFL seasons in Indianapolis and has competed in seven games with one start at right tackle. The San Antonio, Texas native saw action in the last two contests of the 2010 campaign, which included the AFC Wild Card matchup against the New York Jets.
Davis originally was drafted by San Francisco in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft and was most recently with the Seattle Seahawks. A standout quarterback at Ball State, he completed 678 of 1,124 passes for 9,223 yards and 74 touchdowns in three seasons and was a finalist for the 2008 Manning Award.
Carter, who was the Colts fourth round (119th overall) draft selection this year, totaled 646 carries for 3,104 yards and 24 touchdowns in 42 career games at Syracuse. He tallied 11 career 100-plus yard rushing contests and ranked third in school history in rushing yards.
Rucker, a graduate of Michigan State, was selected in the sixth round (188th overall) by the Colts this year. A four-year letterman, he started 34 of 42 games at defensive back and totaled 191 tackles (122 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, six interceptions, 19 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. As a senior, he earned Second-Team All-Big 10 honors.
Johnson has spent the last three seasons with the Colts after originally being drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2007. The Greenville, Mississippi native has accumulated 114 tackles (78 solo), 1.5 sacks and one fumble recovery. In 2009, Johnson totaled a career-high 57 tackles while collecting his first career sack.
DeVree was signed by New England as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and spent some time on the Patriots practice squad that season. The following year, he was in the Buffalo Bills training camp before being released prior to the start of the regular season. DeVree was also signed to the Browns practice squad last year.