One of the best and most notable Colts defenders over the past three seasons has been defensive end Cory Redding, and it was uncertain whether he would return to the NFL or retire.
We have our answer now, courtesy of Redding himself on his twitter account: he's back.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>After a lot of prayer and time to reflect on whether I should retire or not, I've decided to come back and play the game I love.</p>— Cory Redding Sr. (@CRedd90) <a href="https://twitter.com/CRedd90/status/575399368817160192">March 10, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Of course, this doesn't mean that he's back with the Colts. Redding is an unrestricted free agent and therefore is free to sign with any team. But, with the Colts really needing defensive line help and Redding still being able to play at a good level, it would make a lot of sense for the team to bring back the veteran leader. He has played in and started 45 games over the past three years for the Colts, recording 107 tackles, ten sacks, and seven passes defensed.
Of course, the Colts might have competition for Redding's services, as he tweeted that he's visiting Arizona tomorrow.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I'm looking forward to visiting AZ tomorrow morning.</p>— Cory Redding Sr. (@CRedd90) <a href="https://twitter.com/CRedd90/status/575400927839956992">March 10, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
While the Colts should target Redding to bring him back, the fact that he'll be visiting other teams should be an indication that perhaps it's not at all guaranteed. And it makes sense for the Cardinals to be interested in him, as Bruce Arians is their head coach and was with Redding in 2012 with the Colts.
So Redding has announced that he's coming back and I think the Colts should re-sign him, but that doesn't seem certain at the moment.