The agent for Jeff Saturday said the Colts won’t re-sign their longtime center before free agency begins Friday, meaning the three-time Pro Bowl pick will be able to test the market.
Colts general manager Bill Polian told NFL.com at the combine Sunday that an offer was on the table.
“We’ve made an offer, and he’s mulling it over, and we’ll see where that goes,” Polian said. “It’s very much an unfinished picture at this point.”
Even if Saturday decides to test free agency, he could return to the Colts, the Indianapolis Star reported.
- In an e-mail to The Indianapolis Star late Saturday, (agent) Ralph Cindrich said “discussions and events this past week” confirmed the team will allow Saturday to “test the free-agent market,” which opens Friday.
- Saturday, 33 and a three-time Pro Bowl selection, is one of eight Colts who will become unrestricted free agents at the end of the week.
- Depending upon interest shown by other teams, “there is a possibility he could return to the Colts,” Cindrich added.
Saturday has started 140 games and played in 149 over his 10-year NFL career. He started 12 games for the Colts in 2008, missing the first two weeks of the season with a knee injury and Weeks 13 and 14 with a calf injury.
Saturday went undrafted out of North Carolina in 1998 and signed as a free agent with the Colts in 1999.
Now it appears he’ll be back on the market.