Joseph Addai RB NE May 15 '12

Joseph Addai's one-year deal with the Patriots contains a non-guaranteed base salary of $725,000 and a roster bonus of $218,750.

In other words, Addai will have to earn his roster spot in training camp and preseason action. While he does receive a $75,000 signing bonus and a $50,000 workout bonus, the Pats are unlikely to pick up that roster bonus in September if he doesn't prove to be a more reliable option than Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.

Joseph Addai RB NE May 06 '12

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss does not consider Joseph Addai a lock to make the Patriots' roster.

The Patriots carried five tailbacks last season, but could go with fewer this season after adding a third tight end, a trio of fullbacks, and a long list of veteran wide receivers. Still, it's unlikely that New England will head into 2012 with just three tailbacks, so Addai's roster spot should be safe. At best, he'll see a handful of carries and third down work. At worst, he'd simply be insurance behind Danny Woodhead, Stevan Ridley, and Shane Vereen.

Joseph Addai RB NE May 05 '12

Patriots signed RB Joseph Addai, formerly of the Colts.

Addai visited the Patriots last month, but otherwise received no other known interest on the free agent market. In New England, Addai's primary responsibilities will be relegated to third-down situations. Stevan Ridley remains the leading candidate for early-down work, while 2011 second-round pick Shane Vereen and Danny Woodhead are complementary, change-of-pace options.

Joseph Addai RB NE Apr 20 '128 Comments

Free agent Joseph Addai visited the Patriots, a source tells beat writer Shalise Manza Young.

Throw Addai into the over-the-hill gang of running backs the Patriots hosted Friday. At this point, it's thought that they're just looking at Ryan Grant, Tim Hightower and Addai for emergency kind of insurance. Addai has attracted no interest on the open market since getting dumped by the Colts.

Joseph Addai RB NE Apr 19 '121 Comment

Colts GM Ryan Grigson made it clear the team has little interest in re-signing free agents Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark, Gary Brackett, and Melvin Bullitt.

"At some point, maybe you revisit it," Grigson said. "We're confident with the decisions we made at the time. We still are and we're moving forward." The four Colts veterans have attracted little interest on the market and will likely have to wait until after the draft to catch on with a team.

Joseph Addai RB NE Mar 21 '12

The Denver Post believes free agent RB Joseph Addai "could get a look" from the Broncos.

It's a natural fit. A major injury risk and not much of a running threat at age 29, Addai isn't generating much interest from other teams. He remains a trusted pass protector and outlet receiver for Peyton Manning, however. Willis McGahee was rarely used on passing downs last season.

Joseph Addai RB NE Mar 09 '12

Colts released RB Joseph Addai.

The team's Friday releases of Addai, MLB Gary Brackett, SS Melvin Bullitt, and TE Dallas Clark take the Colts off the hook for $14.83 million worth of 2012 base salaries. Per Brian McIntyre of Football Outsiders, however, the moves only save about $5 million in salary cap space. Addai can still pass protect and catch passes, but he lacks any hint of explosion in his lower body going on age 29. He's missed 12 games due to injury over the past two seasons.

Joseph Addai RB NE Mar 07 '12

Colts owner Jim Irsay indicated at Wednesday's Peyton Manning press conference that the team will have to make more roster moves just to sign draft picks this year.

Due $2.9 million in 2012 after being relegated to a complementary role in another injury-wrecked season, Joseph Addai is a prime candidate to be released. Dallas Clark, scheduled to earn nearly $5 million, could also be on the way out at age 33.

Joseph Addai RB NE Jan 01 '12

Joseph Addai was held to 19 yards on eight carries against the Jaguars in Week 17.

Once again outproduced by Donald Brown, the six-year veteran finished the season with a career-low 433 yards and just one score on 118 rushes (3.67 YPC). The Colts are perhaps on the verge of a full-blown rebuilding project, leaving Addai's future up in the air with a salary approaching $5 million in 2012. Don't count on him landing a feature-back role at age 29.

Joseph Addai RB NE Dec 23 '11

Joseph Addai rushed 19 times for 59 yards and added one reception for eight yards against the Texans in Week 16.

Addai continues to start despite being thoroughly out-played by Donald Brown. For the first time in two months, Addai functioned as the feature back with Brown as the change-of-pace. For the fifth time in Addai's last seven games, he failed to surpass 3.3 yards per carry. He can't be trusted as more than a low-end flex for Week 17 at Jacksonville.