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Erik
03-04-2008, 06:26 AM
The Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers are competing to sign defensive end Tyler Brayton.


A 2003 first-round draft pick by Oakland, Brayton visited the Colts on Monday. He met with the Panthers over the weekend.
"Both are attractive options,'' said Tom Mills, Brayton's agent. "The Colts obviously are very appealing to Tyler.''
Brayton, 28, likely would be a reserve for Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. If a foot injury that forced Freeney to miss the final seven games of the '07 season keeps him from being ready for the start of the '08 season, Brayton could start. He appeared in 79 regular-season games with the Raiders, 49 as a starter.
The Colts don't comment on players they might have an interest in signing.
Colts tight end Ben Utecht, a restricted free agent, is expected to meet with Cincinnati and the New York Jets in the next week.

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Natston
03-05-2008, 05:10 AM
The Indianapolis Colts’ search for defensive help took a minor hit Tuesday night when veteran free agent end Tyler Brayton agreed to a two-year contract with the Carolina Panthers.

The Colts also had offered Brayton, a 2003 first-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders, a contract earlier in the week.

“It was a very difficult decision,’’ Tom Mills, Brayton’s agent, said. “He really liked both places. It came down to projected play time. We think he’ll have a chance to get more reps in Carolina.

“(It was) very hard to turn down the Colts."

Brayton, 28, would have served as the third end behind starters Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.

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