One down, three Colts veterans to go.
Indianapolis agreed to terms with safety Antonie Bethea on a four-year, $27 million contract, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Bethea is due $18 million over the next two years.
On one hand, it’s surprising to see Bethea get paid before Peyton Manning. But this was a simpler deal to finish and the Colts clearly placed a priority on Bethea over disgruntled veterans Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne, who both have two years left on their deal.
We are somewhat surprised the Colts are willing to pay another safety so much money after sinking cash in to Bob Sanders. Most teams don’t value the position that much, but Indianapolis identifies core players and isn’t afraid to pay them handsomely.
Next up: Peyton Manning.