Jared Lorenzen might get the opportunity to back up another Manning in the NFL.
Lorenzen, the former University of Kentucky quarterback, signed a free-agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday, his father, Joe, said. Terms were not available.
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Lorenzen, from Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, spent two seasons as a backup quarterback behind Eli Manning for the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants before being released last month. In Indianapolis, Lorenzen will compete for backup duty behind Peyton Manning, Eli's older brother.
Manning's current backup is Jim Sorgi, a 27-year-old from Wisconsin who has played in 17 games over four years as the No. 2 guy, going 77-for-126 for 751 yards and six touchdowns with one interception.
The Colts have been looking to improve their quarterback depth in the off-season, especially with Manning scheduled to miss a good portion of training camp after undergoing knee surgery on July 14.
The Colts are expected to keep three quarterbacks on the active roster. Lorenzen will compete with Sorgi and veteran Quinn Gray, who also was signed this week.
”That (position) was something we targeted to perhaps upgrade if we could, but we wanted to do it with experienced guys,“ team president Bill Polian said of signing Lorenzen and Gray this week. ”So we thought it made sense to bring them in.“
The Colts also have second-year quarterback Josh Betts, who spent last season on the practice squad, and undrafted rookie free agent Adam Tafralis of San Jose State on the active roster.
Colts players reported to training camp Thursday and practice begins Friday at Rose-Hulman Institute in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Colts open pre-season play Sunday, Aug. 3, in the Hall of Fame Game at Canton, Ohio. Indianapolis plays Washington at 8 p.m. on NBC-18.
Colts, Tamme agree
Former UK tight end Jacob Tamme was one of six 2008 draft picks to agree to contracts with the Colts on Wednesday, just in time for the start of training camp.
Tamme, drafted in the fourth round, is expected to make an immediate contribution for the Colts.
Known at Kentucky as more a receiver than a blocker, Tamme is expected to help fill the void created by Ben Utecht's departure to Cincinnati via free agency.
Tamme, from Boyle County High School in Danville, said he studied the Colts' offense in college, but understands he needs to quickly learn the details and get comfortable within the Colts' trademark no-huddle offense.
”He's ready to get to work, the team is eager to have him and the Colts were very fair,“ said Bill Johnson, Tamme's agent.
Tamme agreed to a four-year contract. Financial terms were not announced.
Besides signing Tamme, the Colts agreed to terms with second-round pick Mike Pollak, a center from Arizona State; fifth-round pick Marcus Howard, a pass-rushing defensive end from Georgia; two sixth-rounders — offensive lineman Steve Justice of Wake Forest and running back Mike Hart of Michigan; and seventh-rounder Jamey Richard, an offensive lineman from Buffalo.