INDIANAPOLIS – Sign Joe Reitz up for another year with his hometown team.
The Colts agreed to terms on a contract extension with Reitz on Tuesday morning, who was scheduled to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent once the league year began at 4:00 p.m. EST.
A Fishers, IN native, Reitz joined the Colts in 2010 and is just one of five players that remains from the previous regime (Robert Mathis, Adam Vinatieri, Pat McAfee and Anthony Castonzo).
Reitz's value has never been more evident than during the Colts playoff run last year.
Always known as a plug and play guy at four different spots along the offensive line, Reitz was called upon at right tackle during the postseason.
With Reitz starting at right tackle, the line was a consistent unit during the playoffs as Andrew Luck was sacked just once in 120 pass attempts.
The Colts offensive line now returns nearly every contributor from last season while adding Ben Heenan from the CFL and 10-year NFL veteran Todd Herremans in 2015. Reitz was the lone unrestricted free agent on the offensive line this offseason.
Heading into the 2015, normal starting right tackle Gosder Cherilus is recovering from a season-ending injury. The tackle depth behind him starts with Reitz and 2014 seventh-round pick Ulrick John.
In his five seasons with the Colts, Reitz has started 24-of-44 career games.