Upon abruptly cutting starting defensive tackle Ed Johnson last week, Colts coach Jim Caldwell vaguely cited performance issues.
He said nothing about weight.
“Probably, just over all, I’d probably like to like to just keep it
rather general and say it was production, it was a lack thereof,” Caldwell said.
More recently, G.M. Bill Polian said that the problem related to Johnson’s weight.
But as we reported last week, Johnson was merely told that he was a whopping three pounds over his target weight of 317 when being dumped.
The explanation prompted Johnson’s camp to suspect that the team made the move because of lingering concerns regarding the grievance Johnson filed last year after being cut following an arrest for marijuana possession. The team wanted Johnson to drop the grievance when he was re-signed in May 2009, but Johnson refused.
Meanwhile, Johnson already is getting sniffs elsewhere. Per a league source, Johnson was among six defensive linemen who worked out for the Bills on Tuesday. The others were Marlon Favorite, Antwan Lake, Joshua Leonard, Langston Moore, and Rodrique Wright.