(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
A few days after placing the franchise tag on Punter Pat McAfee, the Colts made another roster move to retain one of their own. The team released the news yesterday that they have agreed to a contract extension with Defensive Lineman Fili Moala. The Indianapolis Star’s Mike Chappell reported that it is a one-year extension. A year makes sense here, given that Moala is coming off a knee injury, and it could give him a chance to cash in on a better deal if he has a solid season in 2013.
Drafted in the second round in 2009 to play defensive tackle in Indy’s 4-3 Tampa 2 defense, Moala adjusted to playing more of a 3-4 right defensive end role (next to the “rush” linebacker), though in Pagano’s hybrid version, they like to call the position defensive tackle.
Position names aside, Moala has showed some promise in his first year in the new system, and Ryan Grigson took notice (quote from Colts.com):
“Fili is a big and versatile player in our scheme who has a motor that never stops,” said Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He’s been working his tail off rehabbing his knee and we’re very optimistic about his recovery. We’re excited to keep him in the fold.”no comments