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Colts part ways with several veterans

4) Dallas Clark Last week, the Jets played

4) Dallas Clark

Last week, the Jets played zone coverage to negate the Chargers' deep threats, allowing Darrelle Revis to help out on Chargers tight end Antonio Gates. Will that strategy work against Clark, who led all tight ends with 100 receptions and 10 touchdowns this season? There's no better zone-buster than a tight end catching passes up the seam, and Manning and Clark work that play to perfection. Credit: Getty Images

First Peyton Manning, now this.

Colts owner Jim Irsay hinted that there would be more moves to come after the team said goodbye to Manning on Wednesday. Now we know what he was talking about.

The Colts have released several more veterans, including running back Joseph Addai, tight end Dallas Clark, safety Melvin Bullitt and linebacker Gary Brackett. The team also released backup quarterback Curtis Painter.

“These players all made tremendous contributions to the organization and will forever be members of the Colts family,” Irsay said in a statement released by the team. “It’s always difficult to make these decisions which the nature of the salary cap requires. Their legacies with the Colts will be forever remembered by the organization, fans and Indianapolis community. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”

“These days are always difficult and emotional,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “The Colts organization will be bidding farewell to a terrific group of men who have made such an impact over their years of service on the field and in the community. I wish them nothing but the best as they take the next steps in their careers.”

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