Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has a message for the fans.
In a voice mail left with The Indianapolis Star, Irsay stressed he spent “with the top of the top” and had his wallet open “matching everyone else’s.”
The acquisitions might not be household names, but the newest Colts suddenly are in position to purchase a new condo in the area.
Irsay earmarked more than $81 million for offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus, guard Donald Thomas, linebacker Erik Walden and cornerback Greg Toler, according to sources familiar with the contracts. Defensive end Lawrence Sidbury will play for $715,000, the league minimum.
Cornerback Darius Butler also re-signed, and his two-year contract likely pushed Irsay’s initial outlay near $90 million. Details of Butler’s contract were not immediately available.
Irsay spent heaviest on Cherilus, the Colts’ new right tackle. The five-year contract Cherilus officially signed Wednesday is worth $35 million with $16.5 million guaranteed. It counts approximately $7.5 million against the 2013 salary cap.
Colts owner Jim Irsay says he spent 'with the top of the top' in free agency
Indianapolis Star | Mar 14