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Colts' Mathis to sit out after lockout?

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10:07 AM ET 07.03 | The Sports Xchange can report with some degree of certainty that Colts defensive end Robert Mathis ($2.41 million in 2011) has no intention of reporting to the club until/unless his contract is addressed. Said one person close to the Mathis situation: "He'll never play another snap there under that (existing) contract." Mathis signed a frontloaded five-year, $30 million extension in 2006, and he's collected over $27 million of it. But the 30-year-old, eight-year veteran wants another deal and seems willing to sit until he gets one.

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July 3, 2011  10:09 AM ET

So, the Colts, who had no defense, will have even less. Maybe Manning can option to more running plays and keep the offense on the field longer. Probably not, he is too self centered.

July 3, 2011  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

So, the Colts, who had no defense, will have even less. Maybe Manning can option to more running plays and keep the offense on the field longer. Probably not, he is too self centered.

Idiot!

July 3, 2011  10:34 AM ET

Unless he's asking for really greedy money, I don't see why the Colts wouldn't be willing to talk. He's certainly worth more than 2.4 mil, particularly for a team with legitimate playoff hopes.

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July 3, 2011  10:48 AM ET

Who cares. Take your contract and shove it.

July 3, 2011  10:54 AM ET

27 Million???? sit the F down and ****!

July 3, 2011  10:55 AM ET

***=Hell up.

July 3, 2011  11:24 AM ET

$30MM and he's gotten $27MM of it already. Sounds you like you need to play the final year at $3MM dude.

July 3, 2011  12:13 PM ET

I'm not saying Mathis isn't worth more than that salary, but if you sign a frontloaded contract then you obviously understand that it is skimpy towards the end. These guys get blinded by the fat signing bonuses and sign away to rake in the fat payday and then complain as though they have been shorted. $30,000,000 is the same whether you get paid constant salary throughout as it would be if you were to get $29,999,999 as a signing bonus and then the last $1 the day it expires.

July 3, 2011  12:19 PM ET

He'll prolly sit the max number of games he can sit, without losing a year completely, say 6 games, and I don't blame the guy. If they wanted the guy to stick around, why not work out his contract to avoid this shiznit??? I mean, does it always have to be about Payton and Freeney??? How about a Dallas Clark thread FN??? Dallas Clark is the real MVP of that team - just look at the numbers :]

July 3, 2011  12:45 PM ET

If it's so unfair a contract, don't sign it in the first place. If you sign it, live out the terms, simple as that. The terms were good when all the money was coming up front but not now? The value of the contract hasn't changed since it was signed and he knew this going in.

July 3, 2011  12:55 PM ET

Here's and idea, fire your agent who got you that big front loaded guaranteed contract so they could get the most from you and then turn around and get even more money from you! Most of these guys don't understand that concept and then cry in the end! FOOLS!

July 3, 2011  12:58 PM ET

So if no team in the NFL is willing to sign him, will that go on one of those dubious statistics about how short a NFL career is?. Will he and Carson Palmer in the future be whining about how their careers were cut short?

July 3, 2011  01:00 PM ET

Statistics show that within 7 years after their retirement a majority of NFL players have spent all the money they earned playing football.

July 3, 2011  01:23 PM ET

Another example of greedy players. He signed a contract, live with it. If I signed a contract with my job and then tried to pull actions these players do, I would be fired and/or sued for breech of contract

July 3, 2011  02:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Another example of greedy players. He signed a contract, live with it. If I signed a contract with my job and then tried to pull actions these players do, I would be fired and/or sued for breech of contract

Concur. 10% of that would make me happy for a long time.

July 3, 2011  03:50 PM ET

I think everyone made out well. Mathis pocketed money early, as the contract was front loaded. He has continued to work hard and be a contributing player. (Think of the guys who get back-loaded contracts, goof off and get cut before the big money ever kicks in.)

There's no reason they shouldn't be willing to negotiate. He's got a lot left in the tank, and he's only 30.

July 3, 2011  05:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

27 Million???? sit the F down and ****!

Arrogant SOB that was given big money up front.You got paid honor your contract til it is done then ask for more money.Do you now care about the NFL lockout?

July 3, 2011  05:09 PM ET

The teams do it all the time, they make a back loaded contract and then cut the player. Same thing.

 
July 3, 2011  06:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Idiot!

The truth hurts and Colts defense is awful.

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