Late last week, while we were entering a Canada Day weekend blogger-level binge, Len Pasquarelli of The Sports Xchange reported that Robert Mathis, who has led the Colts in sacks five of the last six seasons, could hold out if he doesn’t get a new contract prior to the start of the 2011 season (whenever that is):
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 has 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. Of course, Mathis insisted the same thing a year ago, but people close to him suggested to The Sports Xchange that he is adamant this time around about his stance.
But why talk to “people close to him” when you can reach out to Mathis himself? The beautiful thing about the modern world of media is that almost anyone has access to celebrities and pro athletes like Mathis. Exhibit A: Our pal Nate Dunlevy from popular Colts blog 18 To 88, who contacted Mathis via Twitter…
And so we have semi-immediate results from a primary source. That’s how you take things into your own hands, Nate.
Colts fans oughta be happy to see that, because Mathis is a super-duper complement to Dwight Freeney. For years, that duo has helped conceal a mediocre linebacker corps and a weak secondary. After Freeney and Mathis, there’s a massive drop-off to Eric Foster on the defensive depth chart.
I only hope Mathis understands that, if he’s waiting for Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne and free agents to be taken care of, he’ll be waiting until next spring.