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Colts stay busy, add Donald Thomas and Lawrence Sidbury


After being limited in the free agent market last year, the Colts had a lot of space under the cap to use this time around.

They aren’t wasting much time using it. As previously reported, the team has reached agreements in principle with tackle Gosder Cherilus, cornerback Greg Toler and linebacker Erik Walden. You can now add former Patriots guard Donald Thomas and former Falcon Lawrence Sidbury to the list.

Thomas made seven starts with New England last season as Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly dealt with injuries at various points in the year. It was his second year with the Patriots and he’s also spent time with the Lions and Dolphins during his five years in the NFL.

Sidbury was a defensive end in Atlanta, but the Colts are listing him as a linebacker which suggests he’ll be vying for time at the spot vacated by Dwight Freeney. Sidbury had four sacks for the Falcons in 2011, but had just one tackle for them last season. He made it clear after the season that he had no intention of returning to the Falcons and did not wait long to find a new place of employment.

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11 Responses to “Colts stay busy, add Donald Thomas and Lawrence Sidbury”
  1. bigbrad184 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:54 PM

    I’m sure this is fun for Colts fans, but one has to wonder how smart all of these moves are. Couldn’t they have waited a day or two and probably gotten every single one of these guys at a better price?

  2. tonyugoh says: Mar 12, 2013 5:54 PM

    If we get Cliff Avril and Laron Landy, I’ll be giddy. Its definitely risky but all the guys they are signing are within their first 5 years so there’s still upside with them. Man Grigson is so much better than Polian.

  3. cantonbound13 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:55 PM

    What, no tweet Irsay?

  4. bigbrad184 says: Mar 12, 2013 6:00 PM

    Enjoy the offseason championship Colts fans. Overpaying for average players is not a good strategy. 4 years and $16M for Walden…really?

  5. arlingtonsynn says: Mar 12, 2013 6:05 PM


    These look like value pickups. Especially given that the Colts have 30M+ in cap space.

    Had they started with Avril and Wallace…. then I would be worried about the cost.

  6. romoscollarbone says: Mar 12, 2013 6:05 PM

    Darn PFT had Thomas penciled in for Dallas.

  7. bigbrad184 says: Mar 12, 2013 6:17 PM


    No such thing as value pickups on the 1st day of free agency.

  8. Obama's Ballsack says: Mar 12, 2013 6:23 PM

    Coming from a Pats fan. you guys have a gem in Thomas. When Pro Bowler Mankins was injured he filled in and the O-line didn’t skip a beat.

  9. FlyFromTheInside says: Mar 12, 2013 6:31 PM

    Offseason Champs…..Welcome to the new DREAM TEAM…..FAIL

  10. colts419 says: Mar 12, 2013 7:21 PM

    Happy about thomas. need another guard without a doubt. Cant believe Walden at the rumored 4 mill…hope toler isnt that number 2..

  11. brentsingleton1978 says: Mar 12, 2013 7:57 PM

    I just hope this isn’t his big announcement because this is nothing to be thrilled about sure they are some decent pickups but nothing great

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