Loreauville (La.) WR/DB Jermaine Antoine adds SEC offer.
Colts franchise Robert Mathis
"As a procedural matter, the franchise tag was applied to Mathis while the contract details are being finalized," the Colts announced.
The Colts and Mathis' agent ran up to today's NFL deadline to use the tag.
For now, Mathis' services are secured through a $10.6 million franchise tag.
Mathis ranks second in franchise history with 83 1/2 sacks, also forcing 39 fumbles and recovering 14.
"I just know those guys have been game-wreckers for a long time," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said of Mathis and fellow defensive end Dwight Freeney. "I know offenses have to account for both those guys. First and foremost, we're going to make sure that we put both those guys in positions to make plays. "I don't think it would be very smart on my part or anybody else's part to not make sure that doesn't happen. Both those guys are great players. They have been great players here for a long time. Those guys are Colts through and through. We fully expect to have them here for as long as we can." Mathis recorded 9 1/2 sacks, three forced fumbles and 43 tackles last season.
For more coverage of the NFL, go to profootball.scout.com.
Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider
ScoutNFLNetwork.com Recommended Stories
Week 8: Super Sleepers
Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Jeb Gorham digs in his list of rankings to find the best sleepers for deeper formats. Consider giving these players a chance, but be aware of the risk! Tampa Bay…Read More
Watch: Sailfish Goes Psycho!
Check out this classic video of Dan Larson battling an acrobatic sailfish on a trip to the world-famous Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.Read More
BOMBS AWAY: ISIS BEFORE AND AFTER AIRSTRIKE
Photographer Bulent Kilic captured these amazing images of ISIS members who were on the very wrong end of an allied bombing in Turkey.Read More
TBT: Pumpkin Carving With A Handgun
While many hunters are focused on pursuing big game in late October, it’s also time to make sure you’re ready for Halloween, and specifically trick-or-treaters. In this throwback Thursday video,…Read More
Sullivan weighs seriousness of concussions
John Sullivan has suffered five concussions in his seven-year career, but he doesn’t believe his future is “in doubt.” He weighs the severity of the concussions against the number of them.Read More