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Colts To Sign DT Ricky Jean-Francois To A Staggering Four-Year, $22 Million Dollar Deal

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Four years. $22 million. For a guy who played 27% of the defensive snaps last season and has a career 33 tackles and 3 sacks.

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Not long after yours truly got a text that the Colts were signing 49ers Ricky Jean-Francois, Adam Caplan tweeted out that the deal between Indy and the one-time San Fran back-up defensive tackle is four years, $22 million.

Four years. $22 million. For a guy who played 27% of the defensive snaps last season and has a career 33 tackles and 3 sacks.

Needless to say, the news of the signing, and the dollar amounts associated with it, was not received well on Twitter:

Please note that I think Jean-Francois looks like a solid player and I like him on the Colts roster. However, were other teams going to give him this kind of contract? Caplan reports that ten other teams were interested in Jean-Francois because he can play all three positions on a three-person d-line.

Still, theses contract figures are as puzzling as all the dough they are giving linebacker Erik Walden, another solid but ultimately unspectacular player.

Also adding to this is the silliness Jim Irsay is displaying on Twitter. Prior to the Jean-Francois signing hitting the twitterverse, Irsay sent this out:

To which, CBSSports.com writer Mike Freeman correctly followed up with:

Yes, our team's owner is insane, and he is overpaying for seemingly marginal talent upgrades. This is nothing against Jean-Francois, who is simply getting paid what he and his agent think they are worth.

But, man! Four years? $22 million? It makes me a little sick to my stomach.

Colts official notice of the signing is here.

[UPDATE]:

This is is making me sicker:

He's worth $11 million this season.

Please tell me why this money wasn't used to sign someone like Cliff Avril?

[UPDATE 2]:

OK, I feel a little better:

He's getting $5.5 million this season, roughly. That's still a lot, but not $11 million in one year.