Jeff Saturday Signs a 3-Year Extension to Stay with the Colts

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIFebruary 26, 2009

Jeff Saturday will not test the free agent market this year.

Just hours before Saturday was scheduled to become a free agent, he signed a three-year contract extension to remain with the Indianapolis Colts.

His agent Ralph Cindrich did not disclose the exact financial details of the contract, but he did not that Jeff Saturday would become one of the highest paid centers in the National Football League.

The Colts have a history of focusing more on their own players who might become potential free agents than players on the market who they could sign to become new members of the team.

Bill Polian will probably tell everyone that keeping Jeff Saturday was the biggest free agent signing of the year for the Colts, and he'd be right.

Now the Colts do not have to address a center in the first round of the NFL draft.

Peyton Manning will be better protected and the Colts' offensive line will be in much better rhythm with Jeff Saturday.

The Colts might now focus on drafting either a defensive tackle, linebacker, or wide receiver in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft.

As a Colts fan I'll be the first to say how happy I am that we are keeping Jeff Saturday. He's long been a great player and a leader for the team. I'm certain he will continue to do so in the years to come.

Great work, front office. We just made one of the biggest signings of the 2009 offseason.