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Peyton Manning says Joseph Addai is heading to New England

Joseph Addai,  Sen'Derrick Marks AP

When Peyton Manning left Indianapolis for Denver, there was some talk that free agent running back Joseph Addai might follow. But according to Manning, Addai is actually heading to a longtime rival.

Manning, who is back in Indianapolis this weekend for a charity function, told Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star that Addai is signing with the Patriots.

There’s been no word yet from either Addai or the Patriots about that, so it’s possible that Manning is getting ahead of himself. If Addai does end up in New England, he’ll join a Patriots backfield that includes Danny Woodhead and two backs who were rookies last year, Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley.

In the 2006 NFL draft, Bill Belichick decided to pass on Addai and take running back Laurence Maroney with the 21st overall pick. The Colts then drafted Addai with the 30th pick.

Although he’s a smart player who understands the passing game and is good at picking up blitzes, it’s fair to ask whether the 29-year-old Addai really has anything left as a runner: In 2011 Addai had 118 carries for a career-low 433 yards and just one touchdown.

UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network has confirmed that Peyton Manning is a better reporter than Rob Lowe: Addai will sign with the Patriots.

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55 Responses to “Peyton Manning says Joseph Addai is heading to New England”
  1. stairwayto7 says: May 5, 2012 7:01 PM

    Manning, your a player not a reporter!

  2. pftcensorssuck says: May 5, 2012 7:02 PM

    I won’t believe it until Tom Cruise Tweets it, Peyton.

  3. 6ball says: May 5, 2012 7:06 PM

    .

    Okay, you brought up the “m ” word on a Saturday night. , effectively ruining every New Englanders weekend. Thanks.

    How long until Monday morning ?

    .

  4. skolvikesskol says: May 5, 2012 7:07 PM

    He had like 2 steong seasons.. No burst cant break tackles he is a passing rb

  5. patthepatriot666 says: May 5, 2012 7:12 PM

    Benedict Arnold would be proud

  6. kelvinmchale says: May 5, 2012 7:15 PM

    Good pick up. He won’t handle more than 25% of the running plays but will add much needed depth and experience. what size ring do you wear, Mr. Addai?

  7. ghjjf says: May 5, 2012 7:16 PM

    Drew Brees demands an explanation!

  8. defeetrexryan says: May 5, 2012 7:16 PM

    What’s Rob Lowe saying?

  9. hedleykow says: May 5, 2012 7:26 PM

    Heart warming story. Sounds like what could be the makings of a perfect marriage. Could be an easy ride to riches for everyone who isn’t sight impaired.

  10. prettytonyt says: May 5, 2012 7:32 PM

    just a body nothing special.

  11. wetpaperbag3 says: May 5, 2012 7:36 PM

    pftcensorssuck says: May 5, 2012 7:02 PM

    I won’t believe it until Tom Cruise Tweets it, Peyton.
    ====================================

    Don’t you mean Rob Lowe?

  12. Davo says: May 5, 2012 7:39 PM

    Kind of hard to blame Addai for the bad stats last year. The Colts never bothered much with establishing a run game, then when Manning went down injured they had little to fall back on. You can’t just materialize a run game out of nowhere.

  13. elmaxoh says: May 5, 2012 7:43 PM

    too bad they didn’t sign Tim Hightower.

  14. prettytonyt says: May 5, 2012 7:56 PM

    he sucks

  15. mjkelly77 says: May 5, 2012 8:02 PM

    stairwayto7 says:May 5, 2012 7:01 PM

    Manning, your a player not a reporter!
    __________________

    He WAS a player. Now the greedy Swamp Boy is done.

  16. finfan1976 says: May 5, 2012 8:06 PM

    “what size ring do you wear mr. addai?”

    haha dude the pats havent won a championship in like 8 years!!!!! Roethlisberger has won 2 since the pats last one, along w brees, peyton, and eli (2).

  17. xli2006 says: May 5, 2012 8:18 PM

    Joe is an enigma who helped the Colts win a SB in his Rookie year… But never really expanded his game. He is a decent rec back and can block in the backfield, but not the most effective traditional rusher.

    The Pats likely got him on the cheap and he could thrive in a system with so many other weapons, but overall his career is at a crossroads: either be a “journeyman RB” who puts up okay numbers or starts to take over when given opportunities.

    Every year should have been Joe’s breakthrough but he never really seemed to. I’m not shocked the Colts parted ways, but he does have some tread left on the tires.

  18. jaydog76 says: May 5, 2012 8:22 PM

    He is one of the better pass blocking backs in the league. He will produce a good run here and there. Should be an ideal “plug for the play” system like those guys like to run. Good luck Joe, thanks for the help on our Superbowl run.

  19. randallflagg52 says: May 5, 2012 8:24 PM

    And the influx of never was’s and one year wonders continue to New England. Enjoy Addai, Lloyd, Chandler Jones and Gaffney.

    At least Boston still has the Red Sox, oh wait…

  20. mistermayhem7 says: May 5, 2012 8:27 PM

    The good thing is, PM and JA will each have an oppurtunity to win a SB.

  21. jackblackshairyback says: May 5, 2012 8:39 PM

    Tikki is flabbergasted.

  22. bospat says: May 5, 2012 8:45 PM

    @randallflag52 — unless your a Giants fan the Pats philosophy is working better than your teams…just saying…

  23. jdandcoke says: May 5, 2012 8:49 PM

    jdandcoke says: who cares if he goes to the splats? the giants rule the nfl.

  24. chrisjohnston10 says: May 5, 2012 8:53 PM

    I see this as a good pickup. He will probably take over Kevin Faulk’s role in the offense. With Josh McDaniels back and the added weapons from the offseason, the Patriots are going to be scary on offense this season.

  25. randallflagg52 says: May 5, 2012 8:56 PM

    Getting thumbs down for pointing out the Pat’s additions of C rate talent and that the Red Sox suck?

    Prove me wrong chowder heads!

  26. rajuncajun28 says: May 5, 2012 9:06 PM

    The Tikki is flabbergasted and Drew wants an explanation comment is so unoriginal….what copycats….McDonald’s not working on your innovation skills as you serve hamburgers with fries????

  27. pftcensorssuck says: May 5, 2012 9:09 PM

    wetpaperbag3 says:May 5, 2012 7:36 PM

    Don’t you mean Rob Lowe?
    ———————————————————-
    Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, they’re pretty much interchangable, aren’t they?

    lol

  28. terripet says: May 5, 2012 9:24 PM

    addai you r done u traitor b like wayne

  29. fatfreddystubbs says: May 5, 2012 9:26 PM

    wetpaperbag3 says:
    May 5, 2012 7:36 PM
    pftcensorssuck says: May 5, 2012 7:02 PM

    I won’t believe it until Tom Cruise Tweets it, Peyton.
    ====================================

    Don’t you mean Rob Lowe?
    ————————————————–
    Or Emelio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Macchio, or C. Thomas Howell? (did i leave out anyone from “The Outsiders”?. I left out Swayze for obvious reasons)

  30. mjkelly77 says: May 5, 2012 9:40 PM

    pftcensorssuck says:May 5, 2012 9:09 PM

    wetpaperbag3 says:May 5, 2012 7:36 PM

    Don’t you mean Rob Lowe?
    ———————————————————-
    Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, they’re pretty much interchangable, aren’t they?

    lol
    _________________________

    No. Tom Cruise is interchangable with Verne Troyer (Mini-Me).

  31. chrisjohnston10 says: May 5, 2012 9:40 PM

    @randallflag52 won’t even mention the team he cheers for so we know he is a coward. He also doesn’t know what he is talking about. Almost half of the starting AFC Pro Bowl team last season would have been Patriots players if New England hadn’t have made the Super Bowl. @randallflag52 wishes his favourite team was that good.

  32. pleasantsurpriselefty says: May 5, 2012 9:52 PM

    Addai is basically a never was so the Pats aren’t signing him. End of story. I hope.

  33. CKL says: May 5, 2012 9:55 PM

    WHY do people come on here and whine about the Red Sox vis a vis the Pats? Who cares about the Red Sox???? This is the FOOTBALL part of the site. Even on the Pats board I go to they keep that site separate.

    The thing I remember most about Addai is that time right before the half (think it was the 06 regular season game) that he took a dinky little screen pass to the house while the Pats defense (that was pretty good that year) ran around like keystone cops trying to tackle him. SUPPOSEDLY Polian wanted Maroney that year too, but when the Pats took him first he took Addai instead. Looks like Polian won that one.

  34. jaydog76 says: May 5, 2012 10:03 PM

    terripet says:
    May 5, 2012 9:24 PM
    addai you r done u traitor b like wayne

     1 4 

    —————-
    When are you morons gonna realize these people didn’t choose to leave, they were FIRED, LET GO, RELEASED. Hope that clears it up for you.

  35. rushmatic says: May 5, 2012 10:15 PM

    finfan1976 says:
    May 5, 2012 8:06 PM
    “what size ring do you wear mr. addai?”

    haha dude the pats havent won a championship in like 8 years!!!!! Roethlisberger has won 2 since the pats last one, along w brees, peyton, and eli (2).

    ______________________

    Someone has to win. What does that have to do with anything, hater? At least have an interesting comeback, dumbdumb.

  36. scalfor3 says: May 5, 2012 10:38 PM

    randall: the pats already have top rate talent in brady, gronk, welker, wilfork and mayo. they don’t need to add stars, just role players who can come in and contribute. and lloyd is no slouch either, he’s been a beast despite mediocre qb play the past two years

  37. randallflagg52 says: May 5, 2012 10:40 PM

    @chrisjohnston10

    You spelled favorite wrong moron. Oh, and my team sent 7 to the pro bowl last year, the same as the patsies.

  38. portnoychunk says: May 5, 2012 11:21 PM

    randallflagg52 says: May 5, 2012 10:40 PM

    @chrisjohnston10

    You spelled favorite wrong moron. Oh, and my team sent 7 to the pro bowl last year, the same as the patsies.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    “Favourite” is actually the proper English spelling. “Favorite” is an American-ized spelling of the word. Grab a dictionary and learn before you make more of an idiot of yourself on this board. I’m guessing you haven’t finished high school yet.

  39. belicheckyoself says: May 5, 2012 11:22 PM

    Randallflagg with the spelling insight… Sounds like bozo… No big loss.

  40. qmizzle says: May 5, 2012 11:37 PM

    Good signing

  41. downslide33 says: May 6, 2012 12:07 AM

    Good addition. Addai will fit into Keven Faulk’s role.

    Pass protect his ass off, make some plays in the passing game, and provide a veteran presence .

  42. conbro8 says: May 6, 2012 12:13 AM

    Tiki is flabbergasted!

  43. TSizzleBallSoHard says: May 6, 2012 12:19 AM

    Addai sucks! How is he even still in the NFL? Peyton is the best in the league at making average players look great and he could only make Addai look average. What does that say about him?

  44. tommyc84 says: May 6, 2012 1:35 AM

    “Although he’s a smart player who understands the passing game and is good at picking up blitzes, it’s fair to ask whether the 29-year-old Addai really has anything left as runner: In 2011 Addai had 118 carries for a career-low 433 yards and just one touchdown.”…………so addai is smart, understands passing game, and is good at picking up blitzes(jets, ravens, and now buffalos pass rush)…………..you make it sound like new england is picking up a suburban with 150,000 miles on it dude you work for profootballtalk.com and its like you dont even know football, write an article on how smart of a pick up it is instead of peyton manning being a reporter nobody gives a ****

  45. lameasish says: May 6, 2012 2:51 AM

    The comment about them not winning in 8 years is retarded. Should I list all the teams that haven’t won since the pats last superbowl? Last time I checked, Brady is walking around with 3 rings and is headed to the hall of fame. However, im sure your comment about them really effects their lives..

  46. exibitsman says: May 6, 2012 4:30 AM

    why do the patriots hallways sign these washed. up Has-beens there not going to the play-offs anyways this year.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. brohamma says: May 6, 2012 5:21 AM

    downslide33 says:May 6, 2012 12:07 AM

    Good addition. Addai will fit into Keven Faulk’s role.

    Pass protect his ass off, make some plays in the passing game, and provide a veteran presence .

    ———————————————————

    Exactly what I was preparing to write after I read this article. +1

  48. eternalfan says: May 6, 2012 7:21 AM

    I was hoping Eagles would get him, we need a reliable backup to McCoy who can block and catch and be able to make basic runs. Hes nothing special, but sometimes you just need a solid, fundamental player as a backup when your starter is electric.

    Hoping now Bryce Brown wins that role. 6’2, 225 and a 4.4 – top recruit in his HS class ahead of Richardson. Hopefully he can be half as good.

  49. patriots123456 says: May 6, 2012 9:43 AM

    The Pats will use him (role player) on 3rd down situations, if he makes the team.

    He can block well if they are throwing, and he catches well if they want him to slip out of the backfield.

    Perfect fit IMO.

  50. tluke25 says: May 6, 2012 10:14 AM

    You mean that Peyton whines about stuff that Rob Lowes hears (before anything is announced), but announces Addai’s plans to the public before Addai even gets a chance to?

  51. seanmmartin says: May 6, 2012 11:17 AM

    Is mike Chappell the father of Indiana QB Ben Chappell?

  52. gingerkid2000 says: May 6, 2012 1:01 PM

    Boston haters proving their jealousy once again with moronic comments. 4 out of 4 teams wining 1 or more championships in a 10 year span compared to some town a little further south whose only managed to win 3 titles in 10 years with 7 teams? Well at least your intelligent fan base knows the the best player on the Giants is Mark Sanchez. And then of course you have your Knicks, Jets, Islanders, Mets & Rangers. Oh wait… how long has it been since any of them won a title?

  53. chrisjohnston10 says: May 6, 2012 1:30 PM

    randallflagg52 says: May 5, 2012 10:40 PM

    You spelled favorite wrong moron. Oh, and my team sent 7 to the pro bowl last year, the same as the patsies.
    ————————–
    It was already mentioned that you’re a knob for the attempt at the spelling correction. 8 Patriots were voted to the Pro Bowl as well. You are obviously a Ravens fan as the other team to send 7 players to the Pro Bowl was the Packers and pack fans have green in their blood and aren’t embarrassed by cheering for their team.

    I can see why you have so much resentment towards the Patriots. That missed FG must still be haunting you in your dreams. :-).

  54. backindasaddle says: May 6, 2012 2:31 PM

    The Pats have loaded up with fullbacks for training camp. Obviously they won’t be keeping all of them but it’s an indicator that they intend on having one this year to blast holes for an improved running attack. Combine that with the influx of proven receivers who know the Pats offense, the Gronk/Hernandez TE tandem coming into their prime, and I’m thinking the offense could be absolutely scary good this year.

  55. patsfiend says: May 7, 2012 1:53 PM

    Patriots… bringing in as many warm bodies as possible.

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