Colts owner Jim Irsay shed some light on the team’s plan for the offseason on Wednesday by mentioning that they plan on prioritizing free agents Robert Mathis and Pierre Garcon, via Terre Haute Tribune-Star.
“I think we can [sign Mathis],” said Irsay. “We have the [franchise] tag if we don’t, but I think we’ll get something done.”
There’s already been a number of changes to the Colts organization in recent weeks and one of the biggest moves was landing new head coach Chuck Pagano from Baltimore. Reports have indicated that the Colts have hired former Chargers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky to run their defense. Both men are known for employing a 3-4 defense which could have an impact on their decisions to retain players like Mathis. Irsay is a pretty credible source so if he says they want to keep him, it’s usually a safe bet.
As for Garcon, Irsay mentions that they would like to sign him to a long-term deal.
“We’d like to have Pierre back for sure. We want to get something done along those lines. You could tag either Robert or [Garcon], but the goal would be to get something done sooner than later on those guys.”