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Take a look below at the top pieces from Friday, January 24th.
Andrew Luck's future payday already a factor for Colts
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
Ryan Grigson and the Colts are focused on this offseason but they are always looking big picture with Andrew Luck being the centerpiece.
At this moment, the exact amount isn't necessarily important. What does matter right now is that the Colts plan accordingly.
They have deep pockets this offseason, with more than $30 million in salary-cap space. They have needs to address, too. There's going to be real temptation to spend considerably to augment a team that could realistically make a run at the Super Bowl with the right upgrades and adjustments.
But for general manager Ryan Grigson, he's got to be judicious. If not, when it comes time to re-sign Luck, the Colts could find themselves in a position much like the Ravens were last year with Flacco. On the heels of winning the Super Bowl, the defending champions were forced to part ways with several free agents because there wasn't enough cap space to accommodate them. Baltimore ended up missing the playoffs.
"You have to be smart about. We're always forward thinking," Grigson said. "Before we make any type of move, (we) are looking down the line. Because you don't want to hamstring yourself and you don't want to lose your franchise. So, obviously I have very smart people around me that remind me, including our owner. So we'll be smart about that and we'll make sure that we keep our best players here as best we can."
Mathis on Luck: 'I'm going to bust him'
The trade came late in the night on Wednesday with Robert Mathis moving from Team Sanders to Team Rice for the 2014 Pro Bowl.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is disappointed he's not teammates with Robert Mathis during the Pro Bowl.
But the Colts linebacker says if he gets a shot at Luck during Sunday's game, he'll take it.
"I'm going to bust him," Mathis said Thursday after practicing for Team Rice, drawing laughs from a crowd of fans while signing autographs.
Luck versus Mathis is just one of several head-to-head matchups made possible by a new Pro Bowl format modeled after fantasy sports and schoolyard pickup games. The teams were drafted by Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders.