Originally posted on The Colts Authority  |  Last updated 3/14/12

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 08: Offensive tackle Winston Justice #74 of the Philadelphia Eagles blocks Bradie James #56 of the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on November 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Paul Kuharsky notes that the Winston Justice signing indicates what we can expect of this "new era" of Colts football:

“I’m not sure exactly what it cost them, but I very much like the move,” said Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. “He isn’t great, but he is a solid right tackle and has had success in this league. It looks like they have their offensive tackles in place (with Anthony Castonzo and Justice) and that is at least something to help Andrew Luck out. And Ben Ijalana could potentially turn into a high end guard ... maybe.”

I think it’s a good move that forecasts the type of thing we can expect from the Colts.

I think Paul is right--this is a signal toward tough-guy trench warfare. GM Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano want to win in the trenches and give Andrew Luck a fighting chance early in his career. The move signalled a committment to surrounding Luck with some protection and talent. Financially it's a tremendous deal--the teams swapped 6th round picks and Justice's cap hit is just over $3 million. Finally it gave fans a great deal of confidence after the tremendous losses felt from all of the offensive releases last week.

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