Despite claims that talks between the Colts and Robert Mathis were "warming up" Len Pasquarelli of CBS Sports says as of Thursday there had been no negotiations:
That might have changed later on Thursday night -- neither side could be reached as of this writing -- but even that might have been a big stretch, and would have required a major escalation of the dialogue.
Beyond a couple casual, get-acquainted conversations between new Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson and Mathis' camp, there had been no serious talks about a potential contract extension.
ESPN's reporting that Mathis will get the franchise tag if he's not signed before... well, now (1PM EST). Looks like he's staying a Colt, at least for the next year.
Linky, for those interested: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7648263/indianapolis-colts-tag-de-robert-mathis-deal-talks-fail-source-says
It's official AND it looks like they're finalizing the details on a long-term deal as well, NFL.com reports.