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Indianapolis Colts Inside Slant 2009-03-11


Indianapolis Colts Inside Slant 2009-03-11
When it comes to the art of negotiation, especially in professional sports, one general rule of thumb is to never completely accept any "take it or leave it" stance made by a player or his representative.


Such was the case with Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday. Saturday's agent -- Ralph Cindrich -- had told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that his client was champing at the bit to play offensive guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Yet hours before the Pro Bowl offensive lineman was due to become an unrestricted free agent, Cindrich and the Colts managed to come to an agreement on a three-year deal.

Financial terms have not been disclosed, but the former North Carolina standout is expected to become one of the top three highest-paid centers in the NFL.

It had appeared that Saturday would be leaving the Colts. Talks between team officials and the 10-year veteran had come to an impasse. Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay, though, met with Saturday and that may have helped re-start the process.

That, and the decision by the league to increase the salary cap. It was expected to be in the $123 million range, but was bumped to $127 million.

"Oh, man, I am pumped," Saturday said recently. "This is where I wanted to be all along. I always wanted to be a Colt. I didn't want to go anywhere else."

Saturday will now remain the anchor of one of the league's most effective offensive lines. He has started 154 games, including the playoffs, since joining the team as an unheralded free agent in 1999.

"It was a surprise to everybody (the salary cap) was going to be that much higher," he said. "That gave (the Colts) a lot more room to work with and allowed us to get this thing done. I was fully prepared -- my family was -- to go to free agency."



Author:Fox Sports
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Added: March 11, 2009

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