Found March 05, 2012 on The Colts Authority:
After hearing conflicting reports for the past week, the Colts have finally locked up Robert Mathis for a long term deal this afternoon. Last week, Bob Kravitz reported that talks between the two parties were "warming up," but later reports claimed that no negotiations had yet to take place. Earlier today, Adam Schefter tweeted the following:   Colts trying to sign DE Robert Mathis to a new deal but if they can't, they told him they will use franchise tag on him by today's deadline. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 5, 2012 Right before the 4 PM deadline, it was released that the Colts had franchised Mathis, but that the two sides were close to a new deal. 20 minutes later, Mike Chappell of the Indy Star and Anthony Calhoun of WISH-TV both confirmed the agreement of a new deal. First the tag, then more. Colts and Robert Mathis have agreed on long-term deal. Good for both sides. — Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) March 5, 2012 BREAKING: The #Col...

Report: Colts agree to long-term deal with Robert Mathis

According to Mike Chappell of the Indy Star, the Colts have placed the franchise tag on defensive end Robert Mathis, despite the fact that there’s a new deal in place between both sides. The reason the Colts decided to use the tag on Mathis, even though they have agreed on a deal, is because they wanted to make sure they had some extra time to finalize everything. So, in the end...

Colts, Mathis finalize new four year deal

Earlier in the day, the Colts gave notice that impending free agent defensive end Robert Mathis would be designated as their franchise player, even as the two sides were deep in discussions for a new contract. A few hours later, that new deal came together as Mathis and Indianapolis agreed to a four year, $36 million pact, with $24 million of that to be paid out over the next two...

Colts sign DE Mathis to new deal

The Indianapolis Colts announced that they have signed defensive end Robert Mathis to a long-term deal Monday. The announcement came shortly after the team had placed their franchise tag on the All-Pro. Terms of the deal were not available. Mathis is second in franchise history with 83 1/2 sacks. Mathis played in all 16 games last season, recording 43 tackles and 9 1/2 sacks.

Report: Colts will tag Mathis if a deal can’t be reached

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, if the Indianapolis Colts and defensive end Robert Mathis aren’t able to agree on a new multi-year contract, the Colts will slap the franchise tag on him. Just yesterday we reported that the Colts and Mathis weren’t making much progress in getting a deal done at this point.  So I’d say,  barring a miracle, he’ll likely be tagged. I...

Mathis talks not progressing

Despite claims that talks between the Colts and Robert Mathis were "warming up" Len Pasquarelli of CBS Sports says as of Thursday there had been no negotiations: That might have changed later on Thursday night -- neither side could be reached as of this writing -- but even that might have been a big stretch, and would have required a major escalation of the dialogue. ...

The Indianapolis Colts franchise DE Robert Mathis…sort of.

INDIANAPOLIS, March 5— If the Chiefs last heroics with WR Dwayne Bowe felt like a case of last second clock punching, the Colts were not to be out done.  At various times of the day, we got word that Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Mathis was going to get the franchise tag. Please click the link below to read the rest of this story and watch analysis footage on Robert Mathis.

Indianapolis Colts reportedly will place franchise tag on Robert Mathis

Several reports this weekend have suggested that the Indianapolis Colts have had “tepid” discussions with DE Robert Mathis, it is now being reported that the Colts organization will place the franchise tag on Mathis. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports on Twitter that the team is trying to get a long-term deal done with Mathis, but if a deal cannot get done, the club...

DE Dwight Freeney could be done with the Indianapolis Colts

There are going to be some major changes coming for the Indianapolis Colts in 2012, and one of those changes could include DE Dwight Freeney moving on through free agency or a trade. Yesterday, the Colts gave fellow DE Robert Mathis a new four-year deal, with $17 million of that deal coming this year alone. Now, the Indianapolis Colts need to decide how much rebuilding...

Talks between the Colts, Robert Mathis are almost stagnant

According to Len Pasquarelli of, contract talks between the Indianapolis Colts and defensive end Robert Mathis were warm at one point but seem to be cooling down right now, since both sides still haven’t had any substantial negotiations. So far no contract proposals have been made by either side and there’s a chance the Colts could hit Mathis with the franchise...

Source: Colts franchise Robert Mathis, still in talks

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2012 NFL Franchise Tags

The NFL required all 32 teams to make their franchise tag declarations as of 4 p.m. eastern time on Monday afternoon.  Teams are not required to use the franchise tag but this season 21 of the 32 teams did tag a player.  In previous seasons, fewer teams have tagged players, like 2008 only 12 teams decided to employ the franchise tag. There are two types of franchise tags, an exclusive...
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