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Colts release starting LG Lilja (?)

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    http://www.kffl.com/hotw/nfl


    http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/493668

    He started all 16 games in 2005 for the Colts.

    When KFFL doesn't list a source like this, it's usually from the NFLPA database. I just searched for Lilja, and he is indeed no longer listed. KFFL is usually pretty good at following which players are in the database and whatnot. However, it's still possible he was never updated in the database. Pats ERFAs Mruczkowski and Yates, both of whom haven't had announced re-signings, aren't in the database either. Lilja's re-signing was announced, though:

    He had been re-signed this past March as an ERFA.

    http://www.nfl.com/teams/story/IND/9276723

    If this is true, I'm guessing their 4th round pick from last year, Dylan Gandy, will take over.
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    Predictable

    Last year the Clots had to find some cap cuts so they could pay the skill players and Pay-me-aton all their dough. so they cut both Guards and a backup tackle. they kept Glenn at LOT and Diem at ROT and Saturday at C.

    then they brought in a couple of scrubs as guards.

    Well it rose up and bit them in the ass against the Chargers and Steelers.

    If you remember Pay-me-aton said they had had some "protection problems". What he didn't say was it was his own greed that resulted in the scrub guards. They spent a 5 and 6 on some offensive linemen in the draft and have already cut a "starter" to make room for their new "starter". Superstars and scrubs; thats the ticket to build a Super bowl club, yessireee...

    They were lucky as hell, that no OLs were lost to injury last year. Can't happen this year either. But it will...

    Just another reason to go along with Edge, Thornton and whatizname the good DL who all left in FA that this year, that I say the Clots collapse and fall behind the Jags.
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    And yet the Colts ended up with one of the best offensive lines in football.
    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/ol.php

    The Colts did not cut Rick DeMulling. He was a free agent who signed a big contract with the Lions. Rick DeMulling is now a backup. Given the success of the Colts' offensive line in 2005 and DeMulling's current backup status, it appears that the Colts made the right decision in not signing him to the big contract.
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    Hmmm. I'm not liking this new trend of the reading about the Colts and having it sound like it's the Patriots. Fiscal responsibility, not paying playes because of past performance, not giving out big contracts to role players, getting rid of players a year early rather than too late, I'm glad Charlie W. ended up a hundred miles to the north, and not in Indy. I like them the way they are, in a downward spiral.
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    As I thought would happen, the NFLPA database is wrong. KFFL likely checked their sources:

    http://www.kffl.com/hotw/nfl

    The correction likely came from ColtPower:

    http://colts.scout.com/2/538031.html

    I think KFFL needs to start saying that they use the NFLPA.org database for some of their reports. It's been obvious they use it, just looking at some past stories, especially salary reporting.



    KFFL frequently uses the NFLPA.org database to report players' salaries and obscure signings and re-signings, usually with Exclusive Rights free agents (like Lilja).

    http://nflpa.org/Members/main.asp?subPage=Active Player Search

    Leave the name box blank, and just select the Colts and 2006.

    If you notice, the first result is an OL with a $425k 2006 salary, but with no name listed. This probably means that the NFLPA updated their database to include Lilja' re-signing to his 2nd year ERFA tender of $425k, but forgot to put his name in.

    That's why, if you use their search feature, Lilja's name doesn't come up as other players under contract would:
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    Miguel....while one can't argue the Colts had ,statistically, one of the better O lines in the league last year one HAS TO wonder how much the referee crews blatant favoritism toward the Colts during the regular season, including the PREPOSTEROUS defensive backfield stats, played into an inflated perception of the Colts offensive efficacy....Pittsburgh routinely blew up the colt O line in the playoff game and the refs were so preoccupied with making the WORST CALLS IN NFL HISTORY in favor of the Colts, that they called a standard game along the lines...and what we saw was THE REAL COLT O LINE...a mediocre disjointed unit...at best
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    Classic ... deserves re-reading !
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    Great catch.
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    By both guards are you referring to Rick DeMulling and Tupe Peko??? DeMulling is now a backup on the Lions. Peko is not in the NFL. While Peko started 8 games in 2004, he was demoted to a backup in the 2nd half of the 2004 season. Peko was released on April, 2005 which is unusual for a cap cut. Cap cuts are usually done in late February/early March/early June.

    Who is the backup tackle??
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    I was wondering the same thing. The only backup tackle the Colts had in 2004 was Makoa Freitas, who was on the I.R. last year but returns this year.

    Here are the Colts' transactions since they were eliminated by the Pats in January of 2005:








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