Colts give Robert Mathis a one-year contract extension

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Robert Mathis

INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts and Robert Mathis will have another year together thanks to a move on Tuesday.

Around noon the Colts announced that they extended the outside linebacker’s contract an extra year through the 2016 season.

Originally the deal was set to expire at the end of 2015 after it was signed before the 2012 season. According to Albert Breer of NFL.com, the extended year will pay Mathis 6 million dollars.

Mathis, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, has been with the Colts since 2003 when they drafted him in the fifth round out of Alabama A&M.

In 2013 Mathis led the NFL with 19.5 sacks and became the franchise’s All-Time leader in that category, surpassing Dwight Freeney with 111 career sacks. The efforts earned him the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Mathis’ 2014 has been a little rougher since it began with a four-game suspension by the NFL for the use of performance enhancers. During his off-site training in Atlanta while suspended, Mathis tore his Achilles and will miss the entire season.