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The Colts have signed DL Cory Redding to a three-year contract. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal is worth $10.5 million.

Redding comes from the Ravens, where he played under Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who was Baltimore's defensive coordinator last season. Pagano made bringing in the 31-year-old lineman a top priority.

In his eight-year career with the Lions, Seahawks and Ravens, Redding has been a solid run stuffer and occasional pass rusher. He has a total of 305 tackles and 25½ sacks since being selected by Detroit in the third round of the 2003 draft.

The Colts are looking to bolster their defense after allowing 26.9 points per game in 2011.

The way we see it

This move doesn't come as a surprise, as Pagano is seeking players to help his transition to a hybrid 3-4 scheme. Redding adds the kind of bulk the Colts are looking for.

It will be interesting to see what this move means for All-Pro DE Dwight Freeney, whom the Colts are reportedly shopping. With DE Robert Mathis receiving a new deal earlier this month and Redding now on board, Indianapolis could be closer to cutting or releasing Freeney and his $19 million cap figure for 2012.

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