In what’s been a bust day for the Colts so far, the team has cut center Samson Satele and made qualifying offers to three players, per The Associated Press via Miami Herald.
Satele, originally a second round pick of the Dolphins in 2007, was singed by the Colts before the 2012 season to be the new center after Jeff Saturday left town. Satele missed time with injuries in both of his seasons in Indy, and the team saves $4 million in cap space by releasing him.
With the qualifying offers, the team extended restricted free agent tenders to cornerback Josh Gordy and offensive guard Joe Reitz. The Colts also extended an exclusive rights tender to outside linebacker Cam Johnson.
In his time as Colts general manager, Ryan Grigson has proved that he’s not hesitant to spend on free agents. Last year, Grigson splurged on LaRon Landry, Gosder Cherilus and Erik Walden to name a few, and it appears that he’s off to a fast start this year with today’s signing of D’Qwell Jackson.
The Colts entered the season with as much cap space as any playoff team, so why not spend it before Andrew Luck is due for his mega-deal? The main worry with the decision to cut Satele is that an already poor O-Line won’t develop much in 2014 with so little continuity.