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2010 NFL Free Agency: Gary Brackett and Indianapolis Colts Still Talking

Posted By Eddie Garrison On March 4, 2010 @ 10:51 am In Colts News | No Comments

At 12:01 a.m., Indianapolis Colts [1] starting middle linebacker and defensive captain Gary Brackett will become an unrestricted free agent.

That is, unless he and the Indianapolis Colts can come to terms on a new deal for Brackett.

Both Brackett and the Colts seem to think that a deal can and will be reached before the free agency period in the NFL [2] official begins tonight at 12:01 a.m.

Colts owner Jim Irsay said, “We are willing to pay Gary a competitive salary with other top-notch guys at his position.”

Even if a deal cannot be reached, and there is no reason to think that it can’t, but if a deal cannot be reached between Brackett and the Colts, Indy still has options to be gained from losing Brackett.

For finishing among the final four teams in the NFL (along with the Jets [3], Vikings [4], and Saints [5]) the Colts gained the option to sign an unrestricted free agent if they happen to lose one.

So if they were unable to reach a deal with Brackett, the Colts would be free to sign an unrestricted free agent that is on the market.

To me, signing a deal with Brackett was priority No. 1 with the Colts this offseason. He has helped anchor a line backing and defensive core that has been much improved over the last few years, and he has been a main stay in the middle of that core for the last five seasons.

In each of those seasons, Brackett has had at least 100 tackles and has had seven interceptions in that time frame.

With the Colts putting first round tender on safety Antoine Bethea this week, the Colts look to be doing just as their fans would have hoped. That is keeping the core unit of this defense together for the seasons to come.

Along with Bethea and new comers Jacob Lacey and Jerraud Powers, Brackett has helped improve the Colts defense into one of the better units in the league when it comes to scoring defense.

The Colts last season gave up just 19.2 points per game, which was good enough for eighth overall in the league.

Those numbers are a little high as well, as the Colts made the much talked about option to rest a majority of the key players the last two regular season games in which the Colts lost, giving up a combined 59 points in those two games.

The fact of the matter is Gary Brackett is not only an on-field leader for the Colts; he is also one of the many off field leaders for Indy as well.

He is very well respected in the community of Indianapolis and has the respect of the coaching staff, front office personal, and his team mates.

His work ethic, determination, and on-and-off-the-field contributions for the Colts make him a must sign before the free agency period begins to help hold the Indianapolis defense together.

 

**Update: Gary Brackett has been signed to a five year deal worth $33 million with a $12 million signing bonus.

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