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Colts' free agents: Who stays, who goes?

Wayne, Mathis, Saturday face future

Monday, January 2, 2012 - 12:01 am

The Indianapolis Colts have several players who become free agents this offseason. The question is whether the team will re-sign these veterans or let them go. Here are the top names and speculation on the chances they'll be back next season:

Reggie Wayne, wide receiver

The Colts' No.1 option since the end of Marvin Harrison's career, Wayne came within 40 yards of reaching 1,000 yards for the eighth straight season. This came despite three different quarterbacks running the offense. Wayne's value increases if Peyton Manning is healthy and the quarterback lobbies for his return.

Chance of return: 40 percent

Robert Mathis, defensive end

Mathis remained one of the most intense leaders on a defense that gained steam at the end of the season. His value has increased over the last couple years as draft pick Jerry Hughes has proved to be a bust. However, he'll be costly to retain

Chance of return: 60 percent

Jeff Saturday, center

Saturday became the centerpiece of the players' side of the labor negotiation, helping make sure this season came to fruition. He's not getting any younger, but he has a chemistry with Manning that makes him valuable even in the twilight of his career.

Chance of return: 50 percent

Pierre Garcon, wide receiver

He's younger than Wayne and probably faster, but still has a reputation for occasionally dropping “easy” passes while make incredible catches on the tough receptions. He's capable of big plays, however, and he would be likely a bit cheaper than Wayne. His youth and understanding of the Colts' offense is a plus.

Chance of return: 75 percent

Ryan Diem, offensive lineman

Diem has played tackle and guard for the Colts and been a mainstay of the line. However, he had to take a pay cut to return this season and the Colts have many younger players ready to step up on the line. Diem could decide it's time to retire.

Chance of return: 10 percent

Anthony Gonzalez, wide receiver

The forgotten man, he didn't get much chance to prove he could play this season. Management has clearly soured on the former high draft pick.

Chance of return: 2 percent