The Indianapolis Colts have been looking to build a defense for the future that will be prominent for many years. They will have the challenge like any other team, trimming down a 90-man roster to 53 players. This may require making cuts of older veterans to make room for younger players who are going to grow within the franchise.
Defensive end Cory Redding may be one of those players let loose.
With Redding entering his 12th year in the NFL, the 33-year-old may be nearing the end of not only his stay in Indianapolis, but in the league.
Over the course of his career, Redding has racked up 32 total sacks while 6.5 of them have come with the Colts. While Redding has the ability to become a force for a defensive line, his time may soon be ending.
This offseason, the Colts signed former Baltimore Raven defensive end Arthur Jones to a multi-year deal. Jones has played for head coach Chuck Pagano when they were both in Baltimore, so Jones won’t have any issues learning the defense. With Jones being the projected starter and defensive end Ricky Jean Francois being the other starting defensive end, things aren’t looking so good for Redding. With Jones being younger and more athletic than Redding, it may be a sign that it could be time to let Redding go.
Making this move though could save the Colts a little pocket money.
According to spotrac.com, Redding is entering the final year of his contract and the Colts would have to pay him $4,391,667 dollars if he remains on the team in 2014. If he is traded or released, the Colts would owe Redding $3.5 million dollars, only keeping $891,667. While this may not seem like a lot, the money could always be put towards adding a young player to develop and learn from the current veteran players on the team like Jones.
There are only a few options the Colts have in this situation.
Their options could be to release Redding and save some money, keep him on the team, or trade him and hope to get something in return.
If Redding wants to return to the Colts after the 2014 season, it is highly unlikely that would happen. While Redding’s leadership would surely be missed, the Colts are looking to build a young, strong defense.
The Colts’ phrase around the organization is “Build the Monster.” In order to continue the building this monster, the Colts may have cut ties with one who has been a monster for years.