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Colts roster almost set

Offensive linemen still in limbo

Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 10:08 pm

ANDERSON – The Indianapolis Colts open camp with practice today at Anderson University and their roster is almost finalized.

Still in limbo are veteran left tackle Charlie Johnson and rookie left tackle Anthony Castonzo. Both apparently want a little bit more than the Colts can pay or are willing to pay.

The Colts signed deals with quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Nate Davis, running back Joseph Addai, defensive tackle Eric Foster, offensive guard Kyle DeVan and offensive tackle Michael Toudouze. They also came to terms with defensive tackle Antonio Johnson and rookie running back Delone Carter, among others.

Johnson might not be a fit under the salary cap, but Colts vice chairman Bill Polian hasn’t counted it out yet.

“I wouldn’t say that ship has sailed,” Polian said. “We’ll discuss it as we go forward. But the market has slowed down right now. So who’s to say what’s going on at this point.”

As for Castonzo, his agent wants a longer guaranteed contract than the Colts will provide, Polian said.

“Agents are asking for a four-year guarantee, which we will not do,” Polian said. “As I mentioned, we are old school an dif we won’t give Joseph Addai, who helped us to two Super Bowls and helped us win two AFC championships, a fully guaranteed contract, we aren’t going to do it for a rookie, any rookie. We love Anthony. We think he’s a great draft choice and we think he would be a great Colt, but it’s time for him to prove that before he gets a fully guaranteed contract.”

Polian and Colts owner Jim Irsay also indicated they would not be offering to extend the contracts of wide receiver Reggie Wayne or defensive end Robert Mathis until the final year of their contracts this season.

“We didn’t sign Peyton early because that’s the way our plan works and we won’t sign Robert and Reggie early, but they will be, along with Pierre (Garcon) probably, the No.1 priorities next year,” Polian said.