Indianapolis Colts Get Active, Sign Tommie Harris and Other Defenders

The Indianapolis Colts have taken pride in their organizational philosophy — build through the draft, re-sign your guys and stand pat during veteran free agency — often to the dismay of their fans.

Well, after the first two days of Colts training camp in Anderson, Ind., the franchise sent a message to those fans: Here you go.

Indy brought in three outside veteran defensive players — former All-Pro defensive tackle Tommie Harris and former top-10 draft picks, linebacker Ernie Sims and defensive end Jamaal Anderson — on one-year contracts.

My take? Low risks, potentially nice rewards. Oh yeah, and now those angry fans can finally hush.

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Franchise Tag Best for Both Peyton Manning and Indianapolis Colts

It’s quite fitting that the Indianapolis Colts have designated quarterback Peyton Manning as their “franchise player” by applying the franchise tag on the four-time NFL MVP.

The Colts tagged Manning earlier this week with an “exclusive” label, ensuring that the Super Bowl XLI MVP would not become a free agent (whenever free agency begins).

Under the franchise tag, a player is ensured a one-year contract worth the average of the top five salaries at his respective position or 120 percent of the player’s salary the previous season. Since Manning earned more than the average the top five highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, he’ll receive the latter option, which will approximate to $23 million.

By Drew Allen

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