Ed Thompson's Colts Blog: 7/11

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Updated 6:45 p.m. with news that a former Colt has been picked up by an NFC East team and an update on what another former Colt has been up to since his retirement. And check out a great trivia question and an interesting piece of info about the Colts' move to pick up Tony Ugoh on draft day.

6:45 p.m.
After his recent release by the Colts, wide receiver Kevin McMahan has been signed by the New York Giants.

The former Raider, who was the last pick in the 2006 NFL draft out of the University of Maine, was cut by Oakland in their final round of cuts last summer. The Colts picked him up in January, but released him on June 22nd. A recent report indicates that he was having hamstring problems.

For those of you who remember the Colts from their first season in Indianapolis, you might recall an offensive lineman who only played one season in the blue and white -- Ted Petersen. He also played for Pittsburgh and Cleveland during his NFL career, and according to the Steelers' official website, Petersen is now the Athletic Director at Upper St. Clair High School in Pennsylvania. You can check out his Q&A feature at Steelers.com if you want to read more about him.

12:04 p.m.
Want a great question that is sure to stump all your Colts' buddies at work or your next fan gathering? Try this one out.

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Since 1994, the Biletnikoff Award has been presented to the nation's top college receiver. Only one of them has played for the Colts. Can you name that receiver?

Well, you're sure to get plenty of Marvin Harrison or Reggie Wayne answers, but it's Troy Walters, who won the award back in 1999 out of Stanford.

After spending last year with the Cardinals and landing on IR in late December with an ankle injury, Troy has signed a one-year deal with a $720,000 base salary to play for the Detroit Lions this year.

I've had the opportunity to interview him and he's a true gentleman, the kind of person you want to see succeed. If you missed those interviews from March, 2006 check them out here:

Colts Q&A: WR Troy Walters
Walters Sizes Up Opportunities

I got an interesting piece of information about Colts' rookie Tony Ugoh from our Giants team expert on the network, Ken Palmer. If you've been wondering why the Colts paid such a high price for the rookie out of Arkansas, trading away next year's number one draft pick and a fourth-round pick in this year's draft, it appears that the Colts weren't the only team trying to move up higher into the second round to grab the player that some draft experts had ranked as the second-best offensive tackle in this year's class.

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According to Palmer, the Giants were trying to move up to grab Ugoh as well. But after talking to a number of teams that would have put them in position to pick him, their asking price to swap picks was running too high for GM Floyd Reese's liking.

New York has an immediate need at the left tackle position, but obviously didn't feel they could afford the cost. The Colts, who have much better overall depth across their roster had the ability to make such a move.

By the way, if you've been away for a while and missed my offseason article on Ugoh and Bob Sanders, check it out in the link below. I think you'll find that to be an interesting read as well:

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