Offensive tackle Jeff Linkenbach signed his restricted free agent tender today with the Indianapolis Colts.
It's worth noting that when the Colts executed their first refusal rights on Linkenbach they did so at the lowest scale possible. This meant that if another team had signed 'Link' to an offer sheet, the Colts would not have been owed any draft pick compensation.
Well, it seems no one else really wanted the third-year tackle that badly. Thus, he is returning to the Colts. He can play four positions on the offensive line, but seems naturally suited at right tackle.
Interesting note: Linkenbach played his first few years in Indy weighing in at about 311 lbs. He's now listed at 323. Maybe he's now more suited to play guard. Free agent acquisition Donald Thomas is listed at only 305. Thomas is the presumed starter at left guard, but the right guard position is not set. Mike McGlynn, Joe Reitz, and 2011 second round pick Ben Ijalana are also in the mix.
Wherever he plays, re-signing Link was a no-brainer. He provides quality depth on the offensive line, and brings his lunch pail with him when he comes to work every Sunday.
Other restricted free agents who were re-signed by Indianapolis include corner Cassius Vaughn and nose tackle Martin Tevaseu.