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Colts Franchise DE Robert Mathis

The Colts have used their franchise tag on defensive end Robert Mathis. The two sides are expected to quickly wrap up talks on a multi-year extension.

A fifth-round pick out of Alabama A&M in 2003, Mathis has 395 tackles, 83.5 sacks and 39 forced fumbles during his nine-year career with the Colts, earning trips to the Pro Bowl after each of the last four seasons.

Mathis, who turned 31 last week, earned $3.57 million in total compensation in 2011. Under the franchise tag, Mathis would earn $10.595 million in base salary, which would become guaranteed once the tender is signed.

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