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2015 Colts Free Agency Timeline

Intro: In a 24-hour period, the Colts infused a young core with hungry veterans ready to take them over the top.





INDIANAPOLIS – The height of the chaos came during rush hour.

While cars around the city of Indianapolis were hustling home on their Tuesday commute, the bustle was active over on West 56th Street.

Inside the Indiana Farm Bureau Center, the Colts were in the midst of completing a day with seven roster moves, five of which came after 4:30 p.m. EST.

Here's a look back on how some key pieces for the 2015 Colts unfolded:

Tuesday, 10:25 a.m.- Joe Reitz Re-Signs

The Colts went into the 2015 offseason with 13 unrestricted free agents.

By Tuesday morning that number had shrunk by three. With Matt Hasselbeck and Darius Butler returning and the Colts choosing not to re-sign Reggie Wayne, 10 unrestricted free agents remained.

If the Colts couldn't re-sign any of those unrestricted players, they would hit the open market when the new league year began at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Joe Reitz was the first domino to fall.

During the Colts playoff run last year, Reitz protected the right edge of the offensive line. He helped solidify a unit, which gave up just one sack in 120 pass attempts of the postseason.

In Reitz returning, the Colts brought back arguably their most versatile offensive lineman for another three seasons.**

Tuesday, 2:28 p.m. - Cam Johnson Signs His Tender**

The clock was ticking closer to 4:00 p.m. EST with Colts fans beginning to get restless on the status of unrestricted free agent Mike Adams.

When Jim Irsay tweeted out "Roster Moves" about 90 minutes before the new league year began, many thought it was the Adams news.

Instead, it was Cam Johnson signing his tender to stay with the Colts as a restricted free agent.

The team tendered Johnson, Daniel Adongo and Boom Herron late last week.

Adding Johnson for 2015 gave the Colts yet another edge rusher.Tuesday, 4:39 p.m. - Mike Adams Calms Colts Nerves

The (NFL New Year's Eve) ball dropped at 4:00 and the Colts unrestricted free agents were now free.

Any worry about Mike Adams was now real…until "Pops" allowed Colts Nation to breathe a bit with this tweet.

The Colts were down three starting safeties but with Adams returning, a Pro Bowler was back to quarterback the secondary.

Safety need is still on the priority list this offseason (Adams turns 34 in two weeks), but this move was a must for the Colts to feel good about their Tuesday.**

Tuesday, 5:06 p.m. - Colt Anderson Re-Signs**

Rumors of high profile free agents were picking up steam as the five o'clock hour struck.

Before those came to fruition, the Colts took care of their own.

Safety Colt Anderson, who was on the open market as an unrestricted free agent as of 4:00, re-signed with the Colts.

With the likes of Sergio Brown and Andy Studebaker hitting the open market, holding on to Anderson gave the Colts their punt protector back for 2015.

Anderson saw spot duty in the secondary last year and, as of now, would probably be the Colts starting safety, next to Adams.Tuesday, 5:15 p.m. – Trent Cole Signs

As the Anderson news hit Twitter, Trent Cole was making the rounds through the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center about to sign his deal with the Colts.

Cole has spent all 10 of his NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, just like Sunday signee Todd Herremans.

When the Eagles released Cole earlier this month, Ryan Grigson went back to his familiar pipeline to address the Colts pass rush needs.

With Cole now in the fold, the Colts have four outside linebackers who have had at least six sacks in a season in either 2013 or 2014 (Robert Mathis-2013, Trent Cole-2014, Jonathan Newsome-2014 and Erik Walden-2014).

Cole, who turns 33 in October, has recorded at least one quarterback pressure in 90 of his last 92 games.**

The Colts agreed to terms with OLB Trent Cole.

Tuesday, 6:08 p.m. - Frank Gore Signs**

The major buzz on Tuesday surrounded Frank Gore and whether or not his decision to not sign with the Eagles would result in the Colts gain.

Gore arrived to Indianapolis after free agency started at 4:00 p.m. EST and it didn’t take long thereafter to agree on a deal.

With the addition of Gore to the Colts backfield, the team has a back known for his consistent productivity and durability. It's no secret that has been missing from the Indy ball carrier group.

In NFL history, three running backs have had at least eight seasons of 200-plus carries and 1,000-plus yards. They are Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Emmitt Smith…and Frank Gore.

While Gore's deal ramped up the speculation of a possible Andre Johnson reunion of sorts in Indianapolis, the Colts had one final move to make on Tuesday.**

Tuesday, 7:04 p.m. – Kendall Langford Signs**

The 6-6, 313-pound Kendall Langford was an imposing figure in the hallways of the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on Tuesday.

Finding trench help was a major offseason need, one that was only heightened with Cory Redding hitting free agency.

In Langford's seven NFL seasons, he's played in an extraordinary 112 straight games.

On paper, Langford is not the Colts free agent garnering all the headlines. But he might go down as one of the most valuable.

Considering what the Colts lost along the defensive line (Cory Redding and Ricky Jean Francois combined for 1,376 defensive line snaps last year), Langford will be asked to fill a major role for a unit looking to be more consistent against the run in 2015.Wednesday, 4:11 p.m. – Andre Johnson Signs

As Frank Gore made his rounds through the Colts Complex on Wednesday, Andre Johnson was hearing the sales pitches.

Johnson had already heard Gore's, and that was pretty convincing.

Nearly 24 hours after the Colts free agency madness had begun, Johnson was about to put ink to paper for his new NFL home.

As the sun set on a 60-degree day in Indianapolis, it was fitting the first sign of summer fell on the same day the Colts had infused their young core with hungry veterans.

No championship has ever been handed out in March, but there's no doubt the Colts took a step forward in their continued journey.

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