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Colts give LB Muamba guaranteed money

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts don’t look at linebacker Henoc Muamba as just another body they’re bringing in for offseason workouts and training camp. They’ve got high expectations for the former Canadian Football League player.

That’s why Muamba’s three-year contract includes $107,000 in guaranteed base salary for the 2014 season. Muamba’s guaranteed money will be paid out if he’s on the active roster. The Colts will dip into that $107,000 to pay him if he’s waived and re-signed to the practice squad.

Why is the $107,000 a big deal?

Most players signed around this time of year usually don’t get guaranteed money, and the $107,000 of guaranteed money is the most given out to any player signed so far.

Muamba could be following in the footsteps of Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman, a former CFL player who led Indianapolis in tackles each of the past two seasons.

Muamba spent the past three seasons with the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The 24 year old had 171 tackles, 53 special teams tackles, 4.0 sacks, an interception and fumble recovery in those three years. He had 106 tackles, which were second in the CFL, last season.

Pat Angerer and Kavell Conner are the two linebackers who will be free agents for the Colts.