Colts Making Some Moves

The first two days of free agency have to be considered a success for the Colts.

First, they brought back team leader and pro bowl wide receiver Reggie Wayne on a 3 year deal.

Today, they acquired former Eagles offensive tackle Winston Justice basically for free.  The Colts gave the Eagles their 2nd pick in the 6th round of the NFL draft, and the Eagles gave the Colts their 17th pick in the same round.  Justice presumably will start at right tackle across from LT Anthony Castonzo.  That means that last year’s 2nd round pick Ben Ijalana will likely move inside to guard. 

The Colts are also pursuing free agent OG Evan Mathis from the Eagles.  He could take the other guard spot, and if center Jeff Saturday comes back, the Colts line could be very much improved next year.  They could also re-sign Mike Pollack for depth.

The Colts will assume the final two years of Justice’s deal, which will be $3.225 million in 2012 and $3.75 million in 2013.

The other move the Colts made today was signing former Ravens defensive tackle Cory Redding to a 3 year, $10.5 million deal.  Redding is a good defensive tackle who fits in perfectly with new head coach Chuck Pagano’s 3-4 scheme.  Pagano was the Ravens defensive coordinator last year. 

Also in the news is that former Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky signed a one year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Oh yeah, and another former Colts QB is getting some attention too.  Peyton Manning is visiting with the Tennessee Titans today, who are reportedly in serious contention for Manning’s services.

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