Found March 05, 2012 on NFL News & Rumors:
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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 seasons.

Mathis, 31, has averaged just over nine sacks and 43 tackles per year, with nine seasons under his belt as a member of the Colts. Paired with fellow defensive end Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis has had one of the league’s best pass rush duos throughout much of the last decade, as the two have racked up 186 sacks in 10 seasons.

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