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As many Colts fans are aware of, Robert Mathis just concluded his final year of his current contract with our beloved team. There has been support via Twitter, Facebook and message boards from fans wanting the Colts Organization to re-sign Mathis and give him a new, worthy contract. Let me break this down for you, our team NEEDS Robert Mathis. Our fans WANT Robert Mathis back. Robert Mathis more than deserves to stay in Indianapolis. Mathis was selected 138th overall in the NFL Draft, and the 18th overall Defensive End. Of those 17 DE’s taken ahead of Mathis, how does he measure up? We’ll just break down some numbers and find out. The highest Defensive End taken in the 2003 NFL Draft was Kevin Williams. He was selected 9th overall by the Minnesota Vikings and has remained with the Vikings since. Of his 9 years in the league, his career statistics per season are as follows: 44.88 tackles, 6.05 sacks, .78 forced fumbles. Let’s just add those numbers up and give him a rating of 51.71. Not too shabby. Next was Ty Warren, selected by the New England Patriots. He stayed with the Patriots until 2009 and then went to Denver in 2011. He did not have a team in 2010 and did not start a single game in 2011. So his overall stats would be: 53.29 tackles, 2.93 sacks, .57 forced fumbles with a rating of 56.79. Other defensive ends drafted this year are as follows with their career stats: 3rd: Michael Haynes 20.33 tackles, 1.83 sacks, .67 forced fumbles = 22.83 4th: Jerome McDougle 9.25 tackles, .75 sacks, .50 forced fumbles = 10.50 5th: Calvin Pace 48.88 tackles, 4.33 sacks, 1.89 forced fumbles = 55.10 6th: Tyler Brayton 34.33 tackles, 1.94 sacks, .56 forced fumbles = 36.83 7th: Chris Kelsay 47.33 tackles, 3.39 sacks, 0.88 forced fumbles = 51.6 8th: Osi Umenyiora 37.00 tackles, 7.67 sacks, 3.33 forced fumbles = 48.00 9th: Dewayne White 29.00 tackles, 3.84 sacks, 1.57 forced fumbles = 34.41 10th: Cory Redding 34.00 tackles, 2.83 sacks, 0.44 forced fumbles = 37.27 11th: Kenny Peterson 16.71 tackles, 1.14 sacks, .57 forced fumbles = 18.42 12th: Sam Williams 14.33 tackles, .11 sacks, .11 forced fumbles = 14.55 13th: Andrew Williams 6 tackles, 1 sack, 0 forced fumbles = 7.00 14th: Jarret Johnson 42.44 tackles, 2.22 sacks, 1.0 forced fumbles = 45.66 15th: Bryant McNeal 0 tackles, 0 sacks, 0 forced fumbles = 0.00 16th: Shurron Pierson 5.0 tackles, 0 sacks, 0 forced fumbles = 5.00 17th: Jamall Green 0.5 tackles, 0.25 sacks, 0.0 forced fumbles = 0.75 18th: Robert Mathis 43.89 tackles, 9.28 sacks, 4.33 forced fumbles = 57.50 Based on these NFL career statistics, Robert Mathis should have been the first defensive end selected in the 2003 draft. His stats are higher than those of Calvin Pace and Osi Umenyiora. And to think that the Colts could possibly trade or release him this year! That would be an utter disaster for our defensive line. So please, Mr. Irsay, Mr. Grigson and the rest of the Colts organization, do not make the mistake of letting Mathis go!