The Indianapolis Colts very much want MLB Gary Brackett to return next season.
And while it may take a while, Colts President Bill Polian said the team is very committed to ensuring the defensive captain – a team leader, a seven-year NFL veteran and a starter the last five seasons – remains in Indianapolis.
Brackett, according to Polian, is the only “so-called” name player on the Colts scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent if the NFL goes to an uncapped year this coming season.
“I made it clear to Gary on Sunday night that we very much want him back and will do what is necessary within all reasonable bounds to get him back,” Polian said Tuesday night on his weekly radio show in 97.1 Hank FM in Indianapolis.
“It may take a while, as it did with (center) Jeff Saturday last year, because you have to work through budgets . . .”
The Colts re-signed Saturday, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, last off-season, but the sides didn’t agree to a deal until shortly before the start of free agency.
Polian on Tuesday also addressed:
* Uncapped year possibility: “Everyone I talk to who is knowledgeable seems to believe that we’re headed for the uncapped year. You would have hope we were not, but it looks like we are.”
*The 2010 NFL Draft class: “I think it’s a very strong year based on what I’ve seen thus far. I’m anxious to see these players at the combine. I think there are more juniors that came out this year than have come out in years past. So I think that will make it a good draft and some good players. I’m looking forward to it.”
* The New Orleans’ Saints offensive line: “Our rush was better in the first half than the second. Some of that is due to the fact that we got a bit tired out, but part of that is due to the fact that they’re awfully good pass protectors and they’re awfully big guys – especially their middle three. Their middle three is designed to protect Drew Brees, who is a little bit over six-feet tall. They put up the Great Wall of China in there. They’re hard to penetrate. While we got really good pressure from the outside, from (defensive end) Robert Mathis and from Dwight Freeney, most of the night we got very little on the inside. (Defensive tackle) Dan Muir got home a time or two and that was basically about it. As a result, as the game went on, Drew got better throwing lanes and we were in zone coverage and good portion of the time. If he’s going to have throwing lanes in zone coverage, as well as he throws and as accurately as he throws, and as quickly as he gets it out of his hand, he’s going to complete some passes. That’s basically what happened.”
* On the two-point conversion replay reversal: “I will say this, and I’m sure the league made the right decision – I’m not questioning the decision – but I don’t think that the two-point play in real time is completed. That’s a case where I think slo-mo gives you a distorted view of it. I think the official made the right call. When you watch it in real time, it’s boom-boom. He doesn’t control the ball. He doesn’t complete the play. But I am not a big fan of replay. I’m for as much limited replay as possible. They probably made the right call on that one, but bottom line, the onside kick we didn’t execute the we should have. It’s as simple as that. . . . The question is, ‘Are you getting the correct view of it in slow mo or are you getting a distorted view?’ That’s in the eye of the beholder. I tend to not be a big fan of replay, so I’m going to have a different view than some other person will, But by the book, they called it correctly.”
MORE COLTS NEWS
Caldwell: Nothing to be ashamed of. Here.
Saints 31, Colts 17. Here.
Reviewing the Polian show . . .
* Part One: “We just didn’t execute.” Here.
* Part Two: Improvement needed. Here.
* Part Three: Dwight Freeney expected to play all along. Here.
* Part Four: MLB Gary Brackett wanted back. Here.