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“A lengthy delay in finding a new GM could make it more difficult for Irsay to land a splashy, high-profile coach. By waiting, however, Irsay could go after a coach or a front office man from one of the Super Bowl teams. Baltimore's Eric DeCosta and Green Bay's Reggie McKenzie are two names that have been rumored as possible replacements for Chris Polian. Whoever takes the Colts' GM job will be busy. Besides Manning, Caldwell and the assistants, the Colts also must make decisions about a trio of 30-something former Pro Bowlers -- Robert Mathis, Jeff Saturday and Reggie Wayne. All are set to become unrestricted free agents and Wayne removed his name plate Friday from his locker, an indication he doesn't expect to play for the Colts again. If Indy goes into full rebuilding mode, the new GM will have to consider releasing high-priced veterans such as defensive captains Gary Brackett and Melvin Bullitt. Salary cap concerns will likely force the Colts to redo the contract of perennial Pro Bowler Dwight Freeney, who is scheduled to make a base salary of $14 million and count $19 million against the cap in 2012. It could prompt Irsay to take a longer look at someone familiar with finding creative ways to deal with the salary cap. "We have some serious salary cap issues, there is no question about that," Irsay said Monday. "So there is a lot of work to be done. You never know how eras end, how they begin and you can't really say exactly what constitutes that era beginning or ending. But clearly we are in a rebuilding stage." Leaving the Colts with only one clear path to success: get it right. "When you see something that you know is going to have greatness with your franchise, you go after it. That is always the way I've been," Irsay said Monday. "When I've talked about pillars of a franchise, quarterback, general manager and head coach, if you have a chance to get a great one, you get it, because there are not a lot of great ones. So you do what you have to do to try to get some of those pillars in place." Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.
You never know how eras end, how they begin and you can't really say exactly what constitutes that era beginning or ending. But clearly we are in a rebuilding stage.” -- Colts owner Jim Irsay