Clark agrees to 6-year deal with Colts

Clark agrees to 6-year deal with Colts

There are 80 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Feb 20, 2008, titled Clark agrees to 6-year deal with Colts. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Dallas Clark might have the distinction of being a "franchise player" for the shortest time in NFL history.

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Greg Nichols

Maliaño, Spain

#1 Feb 21, 2008
Tooooooo many Colt players earning maximum money at their positions. This will come back to haunt them in the future with cap space. Why do the Colts feel the need to pay so much money to players that don´t even make the Pro Bowl??? The Colts orginization should know that they have leverage knowing that players not only want to make money, but that they want to play on a winning team also. That´s why Adelia (spelling?)Thomas singed last year for the Patriots way under his market value (he could have got a lot more with San Francisco). I guarantee that the Patriots will also get Randy Moss to sign this year for way under his market value. I guess that is why the Patriots have been to 4 recent Super Bowls and the Colts only 1.
ColtFanSince1958

Port Washington, NY

#2 Feb 21, 2008
Good signing.....perhaps now Clark can concentrate on holding onto the football....he dropped the most passes in the NFL last season....

“Butler Wins, Butler Wins!!!!!!”

Since: Jan 08

Plainfield

#3 Feb 21, 2008
Dallas has earned a payday, but we all know length of contract means nothing in the NFL. What's important is the up front money. Does anyone know what he got. If it was in the article I missed it.
Black and Gold

Florence, KY

#4 Feb 21, 2008
Greg Nichols wrote:
Tooooooo many Colt players earning maximum money at their positions. This will come back to haunt them in the future with cap space. Why do the Colts feel the need to pay so much money to players that don´t even make the Pro Bowl??? The Colts orginization should know that they have leverage knowing that players not only want to make money, but that they want to play on a winning team also. That´s why Adelia (spelling?)Thomas singed last year for the Patriots way under his market value (he could have got a lot more with San Francisco). I guarantee that the Patriots will also get Randy Moss to sign this year for way under his market value. I guess that is why the Patriots have been to 4 recent Super Bowls and the Colts only 1.
Nice analysis but the future is NOW. It may hurt them a little down the road when these guys get older but I'm sure Polian knows what he is doing.
Tokin42

Florence, KY

#5 Feb 21, 2008
They're getting it done with signing bonus money which comes straight out of Irsays pocket and doesn't count against the salary cap.
Colts Fan

Fort Wayne, IN

#6 Feb 21, 2008
Great news for the Colts. Clark is worth the $$$$
knows the game

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Feb 21, 2008
Like some idiot Patriots fan from Spain has a clue?

Actually, the signing bonus does count against the salary cap, but is pro-rated through the life of the contract. go Colts!
Bill

Pocono Pines, PA

#8 Feb 21, 2008
Great to see the Colts lock-in Dallas, but what about Marvin? Should the Colts keep him around, or let him go, free up some money and count on Gonzo to carry the load. Just wondering, I love Marvin and would love to see him staick around if he is 100%. I think we all want to see the Colts win the SB again and I think letting Marvin go and pick up some D-Line help would increase the chances of another SB title.
Lets go Hoosiers

United States

#9 Feb 21, 2008
This actually saves the Colts money next year signing him to a long term deal. Not only that, but now it frees up the franchise tag to use it on one of their 2 remaining free agents. You would always rather give a guy an extension over having to tag him. Contracts are not guaranteed in the NFL, so a club will not be on the hook for the remaining money if they for some reason wanted to cut him.

Bottom line is that Dallas is worth the money. He and Peyton have great chemistry that has developed over their past 4 year together. With the Colts timing based offense chemistry is THE most important thing.

I think they have proven that their formula works in todays NFL.
Heywood Jablomi

Palo Alto, CA

#10 Feb 21, 2008
Greg Nichols wrote:
Tooooooo many Colt players earning maximum money at their positions. This will come back to haunt them in the future with cap space. Why do the Colts feel the need to pay so much money to players that don´t even make the Pro Bowl??? The Colts orginization should know that they have leverage knowing that players not only want to make money, but that they want to play on a winning team also. That´s why Adelia (spelling?)Thomas singed last year for the Patriots way under his market value (he could have got a lot more with San Francisco). I guarantee that the Patriots will also get Randy Moss to sign this year for way under his market value. I guess that is why the Patriots have been to 4 recent Super Bowls and the Colts only 1.
The Colts want quality people, not thugs.

Tell you what, watch "this Old House" or the cartoon network if you don't like what the Colts are doing. I think with five years in a row with 12+ wins, someone (Polian) has the right fomula... without cheating.

Enjoy your Patsies. Close last Super Bowl, but ooops... choke.
Heywood Jablomi

Palo Alto, CA

#11 Feb 21, 2008
ColtFanSince1958 wrote:
Good signing.....perhaps now Clark can concentrate on holding onto the football....he dropped the most passes in the NFL last season....
Balitimore fan, Dallas Clark takes a beating everytime he goes across the middle. I would like to see you catch every pass.

Colts fan since 1958... these aren't the Baltimore Colts. They are high octane Indy Colts!
Sorgi Fan Club

United States

#12 Feb 21, 2008
Greg Nichols wrote:
Tooooooo many Colt players earning maximum money at their positions. This will come back to haunt them in the future with cap space. Why do the Colts feel the need to pay so much money to players that don´t even make the Pro Bowl??? The Colts orginization should know that they have leverage knowing that players not only want to make money, but that they want to play on a winning team also. That´s why Adelia (spelling?)Thomas singed last year for the Patriots way under his market value (he could have got a lot more with San Francisco). I guarantee that the Patriots will also get Randy Moss to sign this year for way under his market value. I guess that is why the Patriots have been to 4 recent Super Bowls and the Colts only 1.
Patriots spend all of their money on photographers, that's why!!!!!!!!!!1
colts fan

United States

#13 Feb 21, 2008
Clark takes a beating but he does drop a lot of easy passes as well. The only reason he had a decent year last year was because Marvin was out and he had to play a lot of slot reciever. I thought he should have caught that last pass in the San Diego game.
Creme of the Crop wrote:
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Balitimore fan, Dallas Clark takes a beating everytime he goes across the middle. I would like to see you catch every pass.
Colts fan since 1958... these aren't the Baltimore Colts. They are high octane Indy Colts!
huhn

United States

#14 Feb 21, 2008
YES!!!
kdubbya

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Feb 21, 2008
GREAT!
brikwils

United States

#16 Feb 21, 2008
Black and Gold wrote:
<quoted text>
Nice analysis but the future is NOW. It may hurt them a little down the road when these guys get older but I'm sure Polian knows what he is doing.
Polian? Why listen to Polian when we have this other guy here who can predict the future... Good snag, he is critical to our offense and need him to make any run in the next few years..
Killa

Springfield, IL

#17 Feb 21, 2008
Greg Nichols wrote:
That´s why Adelia (spelling?)Thomas singed last year...blah blah blah
Is Adelia plural for Adalius? And was he on American Idol last year or what?
Ron

Greenville, SC

#18 Feb 21, 2008
Greg Nichols wrote:
Tooooooo many Colt players earning maximum money at their positions. This will come back to haunt them in the future with cap space. Why do the Colts feel the need to pay so much money to players that don´t even make the Pro Bowl??? The Colts orginization should know that they have leverage knowing that players not only want to make money, but that they want to play on a winning team also. That´s why Adelia (spelling?)Thomas singed last year for the Patriots way under his market value (he could have got a lot more with San Francisco). I guarantee that the Patriots will also get Randy Moss to sign this year for way under his market value. I guess that is why the Patriots have been to 4 recent Super Bowls and the Colts only 1.
Unfortunately, it’s probably cheaper to sign any of your own “MARQUE” players and stay relatively competitive, than to keep hitting the free agent market. I think it is much more practical to sign the likes of Dallas Clark, Manning, Freeny and others to long term contracts which represent the “CORE” of this franchise than to allow them to get away, and help aid other tams to become the caliber of the men in blue. With the Salary Cap structured as it is currently, rather we do, or do not sign players to long time contracts; it is becoming increasingly difficult to stay consistent in winning for more than four to five years in succession anyway. So my thought is one of simplicity,“GO FOR IT COLTS”!!
BET

Columbia, SC

#19 Feb 21, 2008
GREAT! THIS ASSURES US ANOTHER 2ND PLACE FINISH.

WAIT A SECOND WE WERE 1 & DONE LAST SEASON..OH WELL 2ND ISN'T SO BAD & WE SEEM TO HOLD THAT TITLE BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE LEAGUE.

I GUESS THIS MAKES US THE PHIL MIKELSON OF FBALL!!
Dick the Bruiser

Indianapolis, IN

#20 Feb 21, 2008
Ron wrote:
<quoted text>Unfortunately, it’s probably cheaper to sign any of your own “MARQUE” players and stay relatively competitive, than to keep hitting the free agent market. I think it is much more practical to sign the likes of Dallas Clark, Manning, Freeny and others to long term contracts which represent the “CORE” of this franchise than to allow them to get away, and help aid other tams to become the caliber of the men in blue. With the Salary Cap structured as it is currently, rather we do, or do not sign players to long time contracts; it is becoming increasingly difficult to stay consistent in winning for more than four to five years in succession anyway. So my thought is one of simplicity,“GO FOR IT COLTS”!!
All good points. Another: the key to this strategy of locking up key players at top dollar is you have to draft well in order to keep a steady stream of young, productive and inexpensive players coming through the system. The ones who turn out to be 'core' players are signed long term, the others get signed by other teams and are replaced by another draftee or undrafted free agent. What the Colts have done on draft days has been remarkable. That's how they have both the best record the past five years and still remain the second youngest team in the league.

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