INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts have re-signed defensive tackle Ed Johnson, the club announced today.
Johnson (6-2, 296) joins the Colts after starting 16 games in 2007 and one game in 2008 for the club. Johnson, who has 73 career tackles, originally was signed as a free agent by the Colts on May 5, 2007. He had 63 stops, 49 solo, with one sack and one forced fumble in 2007, filling in for injured defensive tackle Booger McFarland. Johnson had 10 tackles against Chicago in the 2008 season opener. He was waived September 11, 2008.
"We are giving Ed Johnson another opportunity to play for the Indianapolis Colts. We
dismissed Ed last year because he knowingly violated a team rule in the area of personal conduct.
We consider every violation of a team rule or NFL policy on an individual case-by-case basis,
and we evaluate a possible return to the team on that same basis. Ed understands our team rules
and our mandate that players represent themselves as professionals at all times. We feel the
lessons Ed has learned will allow him to be what we demand from our players," said Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell.
"I would like to thank the Colts, especially Jim Irsay, for this second privilege to join the team. I apologize to everyone for the situation I created last year. I have learned valuable lessons from my mistake, and I want to re-gain the trust of the organization, my teammates and our fans," said Johnson.