Simon Appears to Be Heading to Indy

According to a published report, the Colts and former Eagle Corey Simon have agreed in principle to a deal that will bring the defensive tackle to Indianapolis.

ESPN's Len Pasquarelli is reporting that virtually all of the major components of a contract have been agreed upon, and the two sides could close the deal as early as Thursday. The deal is expected to be in the range of five years and would make Simon one of the highest paid defensive tackles.

Simon became a free agent Sunday Night when the Eagles rescinded the franchise tag designation from him that would have paid him just over $5 million for one year.

The former first-round pick by Philadelphia would provide the Colts with a run-stuffing defensive tackle who also gets strong pressure on the quarterback inside. That would help keep teams from double-teaming speed rushing defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Defensive tackle Montae Reagor was also a significant pass rusher from the RDT position, registering 5 sacks last season.

The 28-year old Simon has 32 career sacks and 105 quarterback pressures. He has also logged 270 tackles, 6 forced fumbles, 3 recoveries in 78 games. His durability will be a big plus on the Colts' interior line as he has only missed two games so far in his pro career. He has appeared in one Pro Bowl during his four years in the NFL.

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