Free agency is just hours away from officially beginning, but the Indianapolis Colts announced this morning that they are keeping one of their own. The team announced that they have agreed to terms with versatile offensive lineman Joe Reitz on a contract extension that will keep him in Indianapolis.
Reitz started seven games with the Colts in 2014 - one at left guard, two at right guard, and four at right tackle, including in the three playoff games. He played in thirteen games total (including playoffs) and did a very solid job, proving to be one of the team's five best and most reliable linemen last season. He has been with the Colts for the last five years, though he didn't play in any games in 2010. From 2011-2014, he has appeared in 44 games and started 24 for the Colts, providing very versatile depth all over the offensive line.
According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Reitz's deal with the Colts is a 3-year deal worth nearly $9 million, and there's a chance that it could go up to $10 million. That's a pretty significant deal for Reitz that gives him plenty of security with the Colts moving forward.
Ultimately, this is a good move for the Colts, as at worst Reitz provides very good depth and at best he can be a starter for the Colts when they need him to be. He likely won't enter training camp as the team's starter at any spot unless there is an injury, but he's a valuable depth lineman who has plenty of experience and can step in and start when need be. He's an underrated player and this is a great move by the Colts to bring him back.