INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts reconstruction project kicked into high gear again Friday with several moves..
The latest flurry began in the morning when Ryan Diem, the longtime anchor on the right side of Indianapolis offensive line, used Twitter to announce his retirement after meeting with team owner Jim Irsay.
By midafternoon, the Colts had lost Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday, who agreed to a two-year deal with Green Bay, and tight end Jacob Tamme, who agreed to a new contract with Denver. The move will reunite Tamme with Peyton Manning.
Indianapolis wasnt finished, trading a sixth-round draft pick acquired recently from Philadelphia to the Jets to get Drew Stanton and New Yorks seventh-round pick. Stanton recently signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract to back up Mark Sanchez but lost that job when the Jets acquired Tim Tebow.
Before the whirlwind ended, the Colts announced they agreed to a contract with former Rams and Titans receiver Donnie Avery.
Sean Payton says he is sorry for the bounty scandal that has resulted in his season-long suspension and that he takes full responsibility for it.
In a written statement released by the New Orleans Saints, Payton says he shares and fully supports the NFLs concerns and goals concerning player safety.
Around the league
Chicago running back Marion Barber has told the teams website he plans to retire. Cincinnati re-signed cornerback Adam Pacman Jones and offensive tackle Anthony Collins. New England signed wide receiver Donte Stallworth and quarterback Brian Hoyer. Tracy Porter, the Indiana graduate who picked off a Peyton Manning pass to help New Orleans beat Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLIV, has joined Manning in Denver.