Oct 3, 2011; Tampa, FL, USA; Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark (44) runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Fernando Medina-US PRESSWIRE

Around the NFL: Indianapolis Colts releasing more veterans

If Indianapolis Colts fans thought the release of Peyton Manning was shocking, a report from the Indianapolis Star will really floor you when they announced the release of more veterans.

The Star is reporting that the Indianapolis Colts have terminated the contracts of tight end Dallas Clark, running back Joseph Addai, defensive back Melvin Bullitt, linebacker Gary Brackett, and quarterback Curtis Painter.

This comes less than a day after the Manning was released and more may be coming.  It’s also reported that the Colts are in talks to attempt to trade defensive end Dwight Freeney.

It’s quite apparent now that the Colts are in the midst of a major transition and have no trouble cutting more faces of the franchise.  Another rumor is that Reggie Wayne is on the fence of being released as well and could go to whatever team Manning signs with.

The Colts might be trying to go with a youth movement on offense as well as defense.  The first major building block to helping the franchise come back is thought to be former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who is the obvious choice by the Colts with their first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

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