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Robert Mathis would be "more than willing" to sign extension with Colts to tutor younger pass rushers

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Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis, who is entering the final deal of his contract, tweeted today that he'd be "more than willing" to sign a one-year extension to help tutor younger pass rushers for the Colts.

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It's no secret that the Indianapolis Colts really need to address their pass rush this offseason.  Of the four outside linebackers on the Colts roster, one is a rookie (Eze Obiora) while the other three are all at least 30 years old and entering the final deal of their contracts (Robert Mathis, Trent Cole, and Erik Walden).

Because of that, the Colts will almost certainly have to add depth at the position through the draft and undrafted free agent signings, meaning that the Colts could see several young guys at the area this offseason, in training camp, and even on the 53-man roster.

Robert Mathis, the 35-year old pass rusher who is the Colts' all-time sack leader and longest-tenured Colt, took to twitter today to express his willingness to return to the team after the 2016 season to help tutor those younger pass rushers.

Though Mathis is 35 years old, he's still the Colts' best pass rush threat.  Returning from a torn Achilles that forced him to miss the 2014 season, Mathis played in 15 games in 2015 and recorded seven sacks and a forced fumble.  In his 13-year career since being drafted by the Colts in 2003, Mathis has 118 sacks and 49 forced fumbles, making six Pro Bowls and being named a first-team All-Pro in 2013 after leading the NFL in sacks with 19.5.

Ideally, the Colts won't have to count on Mathis to be their best pass rusher this year but could instead count on him in a complementary role.  That really depends on who they bring in through the draft, however, and either way it is likely that Mathis' experience and attitude will go a long way in helping the younger prospects develop.  It's impossible to say what the Colts will do next offseason when this offseason hasn't even finished yet, but assuming Robert Mathis is still a solid player in 2016 like he was last year, it might not be a bad idea to bring him back on a smaller, one-year deal to continue to work with the younger guys as he also gives the Colts a situational rusher.  It sounds like he's willing to do that, though it's impossible to say either way right now.