INDIANAPOLIS – Could the Colts be solving two major 2016 questions before the calendar reaches next year?
With the 2015 season a little over a month away, T.Y. Hilton and Anthony Castonzo are entering contract years
Their contract questions have been hot topics the past few weeks.
Jim Irsay addressed those worries with ESPN.com this week.
"We have a little time with trying to work on a few extensions," Irsay told ESPN.com. "There's no reason Anthony Castonzo and T.Y. Hilton can't get done. Look for us to keep core players and our top players. I don't think it'll be a distraction. I can't see why we can't get something done before Labor Day with TY and Anthony."
The Colts have long been steadfast in the belief that to achieve, and sustain, long-term term success comes from drafting quality players and retaining them before they hit free agency.
Castonzo (the Colts first-round pick in 2011) and Hilton (the Colts third-round pick in 2012) clearly fit that description.
If the Colts are able to extend the contracts of Castonzo and Hilton before the start of the 2015 season, they will have two linchpins of their offense locked up before Andrew Luck contract talks once again take center stage.
In his interview with ESPN.com, Irsay also touched on Chuck Pagano's contract situation and if a possible extension is on the horizon.
"With Chuck's situation, we've had conversations and it's all been friendly," Irsay said. "He understands where I'm coming from. I understand where he's coming from. My hope is we're going to have a great season and Chuck will end up eventually signing an extension. Chuck is really motivated and he's excited about this year."
Pagano and the Colts will report to Anderson University on Saturday morning as they begin their two-week Training Camp this week.