Indianapolis Colts Sign Center Samson Satele: Fan's Reaction

The Indianapolis Colts continued with their offseason quest to bolster their offensive line. Three of the five newcomers to be acquired by the team since the start of free agency have come on the offensive line. The latest addition is the signing of free agency center Samson Satele. Satele signed a three year, $10.8 million contract to become what general manager Ryan Grigson described, “the anchor of the offensive line”.

Satele comes to Indianapolis from the Oakland Raiders where he played for the last three seasons. Satele was the starting center each season he played in Oakland. At such a young age, he has a lot of experience as a starter in the NFL.

I think this is a great signing for the Colts. After the left tackle, center is one of the most vital positions on the offensive line. This move secures those two positions for Indianapolis into the future. It’s very important to the success of a young quarterback to have stability on the offensive line. With the additions of Satele and Winston Justice to go along with Anthony Castonzo, Ben Ijalana, and Joe Reitz, the offensive line could be very good in 2012 and beyond. Each of the players listed are under 28 years old and can grow and improve along with the new Colt offense. If the team can develop a strong offensive line, it could go a long way toward turning things around quickly in Indianapolis.

If Satele pans out, this is the kind of move that could prove to be very good for the team moving forward. Peyton Manning was able to have stability by having such a great center in Jeff Saturday for so long. Like many fans, I’ll be sad to see Saturday go, but this is a strong move to bring in a talented young player in his place. Hopefully Luck and Satele can grow together much like Manning and Saturday once did. If they make a connection anywhere close to what Peyton and Jeff had, Indianapolis fans will be lucky.

Overall, I think this is a good move and one that may not appear attractive to fans, but will help win games on Sundays. Satele is a good player at a position of need and is a solid signing by Ryan Grigson and the Colts. This makes yet another quality signing this offseason for the new era Colts.

Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely. He also runs the blog that covers the team. Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay clearly hopeful an NFL labor deal gets done soon

Chicago — Although he repeatedly stressed the fragility of ongoing labor negotiations between NFL owner and players, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay made it clear Tuesday he thinks the time to strike a deal has come.

jim irsay.jpgIndianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay says it’s time to make a deal.

Entering the scheduled general meeting of owners in Chicago, Irsay said he thinks, “this is the season to make a deal.”

“These things chug along, they are stop-and-start and fragile,” he added. “But I think it’s important now that we stay the course and get something done.”

A large group of owners, and possibly at least 24 of those who would be required to approve a new collective bargaining agreement, are believed to share Irsay’s position. The Chicago meeting, he said, represents a chance, “for getting updates and for all 32 of us to express our feelings.”

Irsay described Colts center Jeff Saturday, a prominent member of the now disbanded players’ union as, “a great guy and a great Colt.”

“He’s always been a level-headed guy who wants to get a deal,” Irsay said. “And as I’ve said all along 90 percent of us on both sides want to get a deal done. It just makes sense that you find a way.”

Irsay’s remarks were an undeniably positive sign for those hoping a deal will be struck soon to lift the lockout and get training camps and preseason back on track. Irsay made it clear he is eyeing that same calendar closely, noting it is one thing to posture in October and another to put up roadblocks to a deal close to July.

“The logic is pushing on both sides now,” Irsay said.

Colts’ Saturday headed to Pro Bowl

Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday was
named to the 2011 Pro Bowl on Monday.

Indianapolis, IN (Sport Network) – Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday was
named to the 2011 Pro Bowl on Monday.

The 12-year veteran, who has four prior Pro Bowl selections, was tabbed to
replace Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, whose club has advanced
to Super Bowl XLV.

In all likelihood, Pouncey wouldn’t have been able to participate if the
Steelers didn’t advance, as he reportedly suffered a high left ankle sprain in
Sunday’s victory over the Jets. It usually takes 4-to-6 weeks to recover from
that type of injury.

Saturday has participated in the third-most victories by a Colts player in
franchise history with 130. Only Johnny Unitas (132) and Peyton Manning (141)
have celebrated more wins with the franchise.

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