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Colts franchise Robert Mathis, sides close to long-term deal

Joe Flacco, Robert Mathis AP

Robert Mathis will be sticking with the Colts.

Mathis, a defensive end who was set to become an unrestricted free agent next week, will get the franchise tag for the time being, but multiple reports say both sides think they’re close to getting a long-term deal worked out.

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star first reported that the Colts and Mathis had reached a tentative agreement on a long-term contract and that the franchise tag wouldn’t be necessary. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported minutes later that Mathis had been tagged because the two sides hadn’t reached their deal by the deadline to use the franchise tag, but that they’re trying to finalize a long-term deal. Albert Breer of NFL Network reported that the franchise tag is being used to provide time to get the long-term deal done.

In other words, Mathis is in Indianapolis for the long haul.

Unlike the very public Peyton Manning saga, the Colts have been doing everything quietly with Mathis, and that has led to some misinformation getting out about Mathis’s status. We noted yesterday that there were conflicting reports about whether the Colts and Mathis were talking. Clearly, the reports saying they weren’t having any negotiations at all were misinformed.

The 31-year-old Mathis has spent his entire nine-year career with the Colts. Last season he started all 16 games and recorded 9.5 sacks.

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7 Responses to “Colts franchise Robert Mathis, sides close to long-term deal”
  1. sdb74 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:19 PM

    Colts had to keep him, plain & simple.

  2. bluerauchmann says: Mar 5, 2012 4:21 PM

    YOU MEAN THEY AREN’T FRANCHISING PEYTON MANNING????

  3. brenenostler says: Mar 5, 2012 4:22 PM

    Good! If it wasn’t Wayne then it better have been Mathis.

  4. jgava19 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:35 PM

    Manning couldn’t have been tagged.

  5. colt2011 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:38 PM

    GOOD. Nice to see some action in Indy. Next news of course will involve Peyton. How I wish, hope and pray he will stay! Trainers and team Docs only have 3 days to evaluate him, clear him to play. Are they flying him in or going to Duke? The suspense is killing me! Perhaps he’s lounging in the Miami sun at his condo wondering what he’ll look like in Dolphin green. I think it will be quite suitable!! All the best to you Peyton. Your fans will be watching, wherever you are.

  6. indycolts1 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:51 PM

    Well all I can say is I hope they get a good contract number because, the Colts will need some money to build that defense. Also Garcon was not going to be worth a franchise tag so I’m glad they didn’t use it on him.

  7. jersey73 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:53 PM

    @bluerauchmann

    I assume you are joking…but you do realize the Colts can’t franchise Manning…he’s under contract.

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