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Colts To Retain Key Players For Next Season

                               Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark 

I think it is safe to say that no matter who the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts  – and I still say Tony Dungy returns – is for 2008, he will inherit a team that isn’t markedly different than the team in 2007.  Seventeen of 22 starters, along with the kicker, punter and long-snapper, are under contract for 2008.  One of the exceptions, tight end Dallas Clark, will be here – either long-term or will be given the “franchise” tag.  Also count in defensive tackle Ed Johnson; he is the exclusive property of the Colts and as such will sign a contract fairly soon.

One thing that you can count on as well is that the Colts will probably not use the free agency route; the Corey Simon experiment is a good example why this won’t happen.  Colts president Bill Polian, by signing safety Bob Sanders long-term, ensured some stability on the defensive side of the ball; however, the team has some decisions to make regarding some offensive linemen.  Polian will have to face the dilemna of retainiung either Jake Scott or Ryan Lilja.  My best guess is if one of them is kept, it would be Scott, just based on the experience factor alone.  But no matter which one he keeps, the team is in relatively good shape for 2008.

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