Here is some good news, because it's the first I've heard that FOR SURE Mathis and Freeney are staying! "game-wreckers" Love it! The following is as quoted from Grigson's statements reported by Craig Kelley of Colts.com
“I have evaluated everybody, and I think there’s a lot of talent here. We just have to find out a way
and how to best manage it. Do what’s best for the organization moving forward.”
Pagano noted the importance of the tag-team presence of Pro Bowl defensive ends Dwight Freeney (102.5 career sacks; 43 forced fumbles) and Robert Mathis (83.5 sacks; 39 forced fumbles), the two top sack producers in franchise history. Each is a multiple Pro Bowl performer. Freeney is under contract, while Mathis is not.
“Without talking about numbers, I just know those guys have been game-wreckers for a long time,” said Pagano. “I know offenses have to account for both those guys. 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.”