Colts part ways with Mewelde Moore

AP

As the Colts find themselves with more wins through seven games of Andrew Luck’s rookie season than they had through all 16 games of Peyton Manning’s rookie season, the team is constantly looking for ways to improve.

On Monday, the effort resulted in the termination of the employment of veteran running back Mewelde Moore.

The team has announced that Moore has been released, along with nose tackle Antonio Dixon.  Their spots were filled via the elevation of cornerback Marshay Green and fullback Robert Hughes to the active roster from the practice squad.  Also, cornerback Teddy Williams has been signed to the practice squad.

Dixon joined the Colts from the Eagles, where he started 10 games in 2010.  Moore entered the league in 2004 as a mid-round draft pick of the Vikings.  After four years in Minnesota, Moore spent four with the Steelers.

During his first season in Indy, Moore appeared in six games, with nine carries for 14 yards.  By being released before the trade deadline, Moore won’t be exposed to waivers.  It means that he’ll be able to pick his next team as a free agent — and that he’ll be entitled to collect the balance of his $825,000 base salary as termination pay.  If he signs with a new team, he’ll be able to keep the pay from both franchises.

17 responses to “Colts part ways with Mewelde Moore

  1. The guy was done. I’m guessing that 90% of why he was brought in was to mentor the young RBs and to help them learn Arian’s offense. With the injuries at RB, he was a luxury the could no longer afford.

  2. If the Steven Jackson deal falls through I could see him as a Packer. He’s at that point where if you need 2 yards, he’s gonna get you 3. If you need 4 yards, he’s gonna get you 3. Nothing huge but not generally a liability.

  3. Still appreciate Mewelde Moore’s time with the Steelers. Hope you catch on somewhere, Mewelde. Good luck to you.

  4. Wish you luck Moore. Big time clutch player. Not flashy but can always count on him getting open on 3rd and short. He was better used as a screen guy. Dont know why they ran him.

  5. @flvikesfan — “If the Steven Jackson deal falls through I could see him as a Packer. He’s at that point where if you need 2 yards, he’s gonna get you 3. If you need 4 yards, he’s gonna get you 3. Nothing huge but not generally a liability.”

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    Not so much. Steelers tried to use him in short yardage the past couple of seasons, and he was consistently getting caught behind the line of scrimmage. Whether the blocking was hideous (it was), or Arians’ plays were too slow to develop (they were), or Moore just didn’t have the speed to get out of the way anymore, I don’t know.

    He was a huge part of the 2008 Steelers’ title run. I had hoped he would be able to keep it up, but it wasn’t to be.

  6. kinda surprised when we signed him, surprised dixon didnt get much burn, knowing we need a big DT

  7. Take note Jerry Jones…

    The Colts organization, along with the Giants, Steelers, Patriots and a couple others are how you build a winning program.

  8. For a mid round pick in ’04, he had a nice career. Like many former Vikings players and coaches, he went on to get a ring before the Vikings. Maybe he’ll catch on as a third down back somewhere, but age is against him.

  9. Moore is done. He wasn’t anything good for Pittsburgh. Try ha guys better than him and guys with more leadership. I can’t see anyone signing him. Ont reason he went to colts was cuz Arians wanted someone familiar for his offensive plan that didn’t work for Pittsburgh. And is barely working for colts.

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