The Indianapolis Star has reported that the Colts have agreed to a five-year contract with starting MLB Gary Brackett. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. Talks with Brackett, a seven-year veteran and team leader who has been the Colts' starting MLB since 2005, went deep into Thursday evening before a deal was reached early Friday morning.
Shortly after the Colts’ Super Bowl loss to the Saints, team president Bill Polian said that a new deal for Brackett, who is considered the heart and soul of the Colts’ underrated defense, was a top priority. Team owner Jim Irsay echoed the commitment, saying that he intended to make a new deal for Brackett “competitive with some of the top guys at the position.”
In other Colts free-agent news, the team placed a first-round tender on starting S Antoine Bethea Wednesday and second-round tenders on starting OLT Charlie Johnson, up-and-coming S Melvin Bullitt and starting DTs Daniel Muir and Antonio Johnson Thursday.
The Colts did not plan to tender nine other restricted free agents, including former standout CB Marlin Jackson and OLB Tyjuan Hagler, the team’s starting strong-side linebacker last season before suffering a season-ending injury.
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