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    Default Colts and Mathis agree to long-term deal

    http://www.indystar.com/article/20120305/SPORTS03/120305036/Indianapolis-Colts-slap-franchise-tag-DE-Robert-Mathis?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|IndyStar.com

    Mathis and the Colts are still waiting to hammer out a contract extension, so the franchise tag was placed on Mathis because they couldn't finalize the long-term deal by 4:00 PM today (The franchise tag deadline) so they put used it on him and are expected to have a contract shortly.

    I think it's a good deal. Mathis was probably the next guy up on the Colts priorities after Manning.

    Like to see Manning re-signed, Garcon and Wayne, but all three is unfortunately unlikely.
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    Default Re: Colts and Mathis agree to long-term deal

    Mathis just wrote on twitter that he is still bleeding blue, so I think they have official came to a contract agreement, but just have not released all of the information yet.

    I am happy he is back, hopefully he can be dominate in his new role as well..
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    I am hoping Wayne signs back as well, Colts have kind of did him a little dirty though so I doubt he will, he has to this point not even got a call from management...smh
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    http://www.indystar.com/article/20120305/SPORTS03/120305036/Indianapolis-Colts-slap-franchise-tag-DE-Robert-Mathis?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|IndyStar.com

    Mathis and the Colts are still waiting to hammer out a contract extension, so the franchise tag was placed on Mathis because they couldn't finalize the long-term deal by 4:00 PM today (The franchise tag deadline) so they put used it on him and are expected to have a contract shortly.

    I think it's a good deal. Mathis was probably the next guy up on the Colts priorities after Manning.

    Like to see Manning re-signed, Garcon and Wayne, but all three is unfortunately unlikely.
    Basically this is what I thought would happen. Mathis gets the tag and Wayne probably walks. Once the Manning thing is behind us we should know what else can be done under the cap.

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    Hearing it is a 5 yr deal, I would have rather hoped for 4, guy is 31 right now, 5 yrs is a long time...now I just wonder what the money is like...
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    Hearing it is a 5 yr deal, I would have rather hoped for 4, guy is 31 right now, 5 yrs is a long time...now I just wonder what the money is like...
    Freeney is 32 and I think he only has about 2 more good years left in him as well...

    Jerry Hughes will probably take over for Freeney after next year...
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    Good deal, he is one of my favorite players and I think he could transition better to the 3-4 than Freeney. Also did anyone notice that the Steelers are cutting Farrior? He could come in if it were on the cheaper side and impact with the 3-4 right away. I don't think Freeney would be bad, but I think transitioning to the 3-4 may be a little tougher for him coverage wise.

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    Good deal, he is one of my favorite players and I think he could transition better to the 3-4 than Freeney. Also did anyone notice that the Steelers are cutting Farrior? He could come in if it were on the cheaper side and impact with the 3-4 right away. I don't think Freeney would be bad, but I think transitioning to the 3-4 may be a little tougher for him coverage wise.
    Yeah I saw that, Steelers are cutting everybody, lol... but I feel the same about the freeney Mathis thing.
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    Hearing it is a 5 yr deal, I would have rather hoped for 4, guy is 31 right now, 5 yrs is a long time...now I just wonder what the money is like...
    It won't matter because he won't see the 5th if his production drops. My guess is that they gave him 5 years 10 million per back loaded and they probably held off until the Manning thing is resolved so they can budget the salary cap.

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    It won't matter because he won't see the 5th if his production drops. My guess is that they gave him 5 years 10 million per back loaded and they probably held off until the Manning thing is resolved so they can budget the salary cap.
    We should know soon...depends on how much is guaranteed though... but yup Freeney had a 6 yr 72 million so I am sure that Mathis wanted something at around the 10million dollar range..
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    Very happy we resigned Mathis, he is a great guy and very good football player. It's gonna be a little sad going away from the 4-3 Freeney/Mathis rush game.. But I think it will be nice to have a 3-4 with Mathis playing LB.

    I still think Dwight needs to be traded.. Love the guy but he just doesn't fit a 3-4 at all. he's too good with his hand down on the ground, but doesn't fit well as a 3-4 DE either.

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    Default Re: Colts and Mathis agree to long-term deal

    I like Mathis a lot, but if we're completely rebuilding then I wouldn't have had a problem with just letting him go. If we didn't re-sign any of these old guys then wouldn't we eventually have had some decent cap room? Then we could have maybe looked into signing a young FA at about the time Luck was a couple of years in.

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    I like Mathis a lot, but if we're completely rebuilding then I wouldn't have had a problem with just letting him go. If we didn't re-sign any of these old guys then wouldn't we eventually have had some decent cap room? Then we could have maybe looked into signing a young FA at about the time Luck was a couple of years in.
    Well, I actually think they have done something good here. It looks like Freeney is going to be the odd man out. There's no way they are going to keep him at 14 million if they're switching to 3-4. Freeney is useless in that formation. Mathis is not. His skillset is MUCH more adaptable to the 3-4 than Freeney. Now, they might be able to talk Freeney into taking less money but I doubt it. He'll also have a lesser role, maybe only playing a bit more than half the defensive snaps. Freeney will have to go if he wants to have a similar role and keep his pay as high as he can. If I were to venture a guess on Freeney, I'd say the Giants, Philly, Jacksonville or Tennessee. He'd be absolutely deadly with the Giants.

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    I believe that his cap hit includes whatever is guaranteed and whatever portion of his signing bonus was spread across his deal. So I would assume it is more like a $10M cap hit instead of $5M, even though I don't know the actual numbers to legitimize his cap figure.

    I think Freeney would actually play pretty well in a 3-4 scheme. He and Mathis both rely on speed moreso than brute physicality. I think this transition to the 3-4 will be a good thing for your team, assuming you still throw the majority of downs.
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