Brayton's agent, Tom Mills told the Indianapolis Star that "It was a very difficult decision. He really liked both places. It came down to projected play [sic] time. We think he'll have a chance to get more reps in Carolina."
"(It was) very hard to turn down the Colts."
Without knowing the details of the negotiations, Carolina makes more sense for Brayton, who will have a chance to compete for a starting job with the Panthers.
With Brayton off the market, the Colts could still look for help at defensive end, especially since Dwight Freeney may miss some of training camp as he recovers from a foot injury. The team hasn't shown official interest in any other free-agent defensive ends, however, as Bill Polian and his staff continue to evaluate the market.
Josh Thomas could end up in Nashville next season
More Tennessee Defections?: Jevon Kearse is scheduled to visit the Titans today and could return to the team where he became a star. But the Titans, who have successfully signed away several Indianapolis players in the past, are also looking at a pair of Colts' unrestricted free agents.
Restricted free agent Ben Utecht, who was offered the minimum tender of $927,000 with the Colts, continues to generate interest around the league. In addition to New Orleans and Cincinnati, who he'll visit Thursday, the New York Jets are also looking to meet with Utecht this week.
Tracking The Market: A great tool to track the comings and goings of the NFL's free-agent market is with Scout.com's Free Agency Tracker. The Scout.com NFL experts are working hard at keeping this database up-to-date as players sign with new teams.
The Tracker can also be accessed through the main page of ColtPower.com, under the "Free Agency" tab.
Ed On The Air: ColtPower.com founder and Scout.com NFL Senior Analyst Ed Thompson is scheduled to make a pair of on-air appearances this week to talk about the Colts, the upcoming NFL Draft, free agency, and more!
Wednesday, Ed will appear on local Indianapolis radio on the Jersey Johnny Show on AM-1070 The Fan. The show begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, catch Ed on a special NFL Network appearance as part of their "Path to the Draft" show at 6:30 p.m.