While not as interesting as the Colts signing some big free agent or anything, Indy did offer a one year tender to second year DT Daniel Muir. Yesterday, Muir accepted:
The two-year veteran defensive tackle will re-join the club in 2009, signing with the Colts on Wednesday as an exclusive rights free agent.
Muir (6-2, 312) has appeared in nine career games, totaling 12 tackles. In 2008, he played in six games with the Colts, finishing with four tackles. Muir joined Green Bay in 2007 as an undrafted free agent from Kent State.
Muir spent a lot of 2008 hurt, but when he did play the Colts run defense improved. He was signed just after the end of training camp, which gave him very little time to learn the Colts offense. Muir was cut by the Packers at the end of pre-season, and with all the injuries and disappointing play from the d-line in 2008, Packers fans feel that cutting Muir was a mistake.
I'm not sure what DT Antonio "Mookie" Johnson's status is, but I'd be shocked if the Colts do not extend him. With Mookie and Muir, the Colts have some good depth at DT to go along with Eric Foster and Keyunta Dawson. But, none of those guys are the stout, hold-the-line type of NT that the Colts need in order to play Tampa-2. With free agency windng down, in the next few weeks you can expect us to begin our full draft coverage with DT getting extra special attention.