Colts Notebook: Feb. 4

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As he prepares to head into the offseason, coach Jim Caldwell is ready to look ahead. He plans to take some time away from the office in order to clear his head about the just completed 2010 season before beginning his review of the year.

"I'm going to take a little break, back away from it for a little bit. I'm going to sit and assess it and do a thorough assessment. We'll do that along with (team president) Bill (Polian), (general manager) Chris Polian and (player personnel director) Tom (Tellesco) in terms of our personnel office," he said.

"We'll take a good look at that and kind of move on from there. You have to make certain that you have a sober mind and that you can focus and make good, solid decisions."

Free-agent decisions must be made concerning running back Joseph Addai, placekicker Adam Vinatieri, offensive tackle Charlie Johnson, quarterback Peyton Manning, safety Melvin Bullitt, defensive tackle Daniel Muir and weak-side linebacker Clint Session.

Manning's contract negotiations are expected to pick up in earnest now that the season is over.

"(Agent Tom Condon) is tough, so we'll see how it goes," said owner Jim Irsay. "It should get done, and the sooner the better."

Caldwell, Irsay and both Polians must also decide what they want to do about strong safety Bob Sanders, who has missed 64 of 112 regular-season games with an array of injuries. Sanders is due a base salary of $5.5 million in 2011.

NOTES, QUOTES

— P Pat McAfee is certainly keeping busy this offseason. In addition to working out with Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, McAfee is also planning to take on the entertainment business. He is in the early stages of scheduling a March tour of central Indiana comedy clubs.

McAfee says he's not interested in having a dual pro sports career. "No tryout, just working out with them," McAfee tweeted recently.

— Move over Tiger Woods. Manning is now the most powerful athlete in sports, according to Bloomberg Businessweek's.com 2011 Power 100 rankings. There are 25 athletes on the list.

— Since making Peyton Manning the first overall pick in the 1998 draft, the Colts have invested $146 million in the former University of Tennessee All-American.

Manning signed a six-year, $48 million contract as a rookie, then agreed to a seven-year, $98 million deal in 2004.

— Former running backs coach Gene Huey has decided to step away from coaching. Recently fired by the Colts, he had been offered a position with the Vikings.

Huey decided to stay in Indianapolis so that he wouldn't uproot his family, which includes two teenage children.

Huey got some advice from former Colts running back Edgerrin James when deciding to temporarily step away from the coaching ranks.

"My grandma told me, spend time with your kids because you're going to get old like me," James recently told Huey.

Huey received advice from several people, including Tony Dungy and Joe Greene, before deciding to take a break.

"(Vikings coach) Leslie (Frazier) blessed me by making the (coaching) offer at a time in my life when I needed the encouragement," Huey said.

— While he hasn't officially signed his retirement papers, Edgerrin James told former Colts running back coach Gene Huey that he's at peace with his decision to remain in Florida with his family. James is Indy's all-time leading rusher with 9,225 yards.

— Wayne was the only Colts player to be named to the Associated Press' 2010 All-Pro team. Wayne hauled in 111 passes for 1,355 yards and six touchdowns this past season.

— OT James Williams was signed to the Colts' offseason roster. Williams was on the team's practice squad for the last month of the regular season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's not about playing the game, per se. It's about the prestige of the game, and the history behind it - who's been there in the past, and how many times you've been. That type of thing is special." — DE Dwight Freeney, talking about being named to the Pro Bowl for the sixth time in his nine-year NFL career. Freeney was forced to pull out of this year's game due to an undisclosed injury.


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