Colts reach deal with Robert Mathis

Updated: March 5, 2012, 11:05 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts answered one big question Monday -- just not that one.

Less than 30 minutes after using the franchise tag on Robert Mathis, the team confirmed it had agreed to terms on a new long-term deal with the Pro Bowl defensive end -- keeping one of the NFL's most feared pass rushing tandems intact. The move comes three days before the Colts must make an even bigger decision about Peyton Manning's future, but keeping Mathis and Dwight Freeney together in Indy ...

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