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March 11, 2014

Colts keep Vinatieri, Davis, Bradshaw in fold

INDIANAPOLIS — With the NFL’s free-agency signing period getting underway at 4 p.m. Tuesday, it was fairly certain that the Indianapolis Colts would be active participants.

The Colts went into free agency with around $40 million of salary cap space in their back pocket. Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson, however, had indicated at the National Football Scouting Combine that he wanted to be judicious in how the team spent its money.

There were plenty of unrestricted, restricted and exclusive-rights free agents for the Colts to deal with. Just who would return from last year’s team was up in the air up until the signing period got started. Could Grigson and his player personnel staff make some deals or would he be forced to cut ties with a few veteran players?

As it turned out, Indianapolis re-signed cornerback Vontae Davis, placekicker Adam Vinatieri, running back Ahmad Bradshaw, defensive end Fili Moala, safety Sergio Brown and outside linebacker Cam Johnson.

Not returning is eight-year veteran safety Antoine Bethea, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers.

While Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano wanted to bring Bethea back, his price tag proved too high. He inked a four-year, $26 million deal with the 49ers.

In order to keep Davis, the Colts went past the 4 p.m. deadline but finally got a deal worked out about 45 minutes later. He stays in Indianapolis with a four-year, $39 million contract that also includes a $20 million guarantee.

Vinatieri got his deal done earlier in the day, signing a two-year $5 million contract. Moala inked a one-year deal, but the full terms were not released.

Bradshaw, who missed most of the 2013 season after undergoing neck surgery, also inked a reported one-year deal with the Colts. He was probably the Colts most complete back before he was hurt against San Francisco on Sept. 22.

The Colts also dipped into the free agency pool from outside its own team by signing former Baltimore Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones to a five-year, $30 million contract. Jones, who will be reunited with Pagano, also received a $5.5 million signing bonus.

Jones joins former Cleveland Browns inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson as new defensive players added to the roster.

And there could be more new players in the coming days. Indianapolis is still in the market for a center, wide receiver and safety.

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