The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Pro Sports

March 11, 2014

Colts' focus mainly internal on Day 1

ANDERSON — Ryan Grigson crossed his top offseason priority off the list Tuesday as the Indianapolis Colts spent the first day of NFL free agency largely retaining their own talent.

Cornerback Vontae Davis received the biggest deal — reportedly for four years and $39 million — after prolonged negotiations stretched into the start of the open market.

"Free agency is crazy," Davis said, summing up the day's events as well as anyone. "My agent kept me up to date. I had no doubt in my mind that the Colts (would) sign me back."

The team also reached a new two-year deal with kicker Adam Vinatieri and agreed to one-year contracts with special teams ace Sergio Brown and veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw.

Vinatieri's deal was the first announced, and it would take him through an even 10 years with Indianapolis. He also played for 10 seasons at the start of his career in New England and had little desire to change teams again.

"It's always interesting and/or fun to have other teams calling and seeing who wants you, where they want you and all the different situations," Vinatieri said. "But at the end of the day, they were all very, very distant competitors in this. Like I said to my wife, 'As long as the Colts want me around and we can get it done, I want to stay.'"

The lone addition was former Baltimore Ravens defender Arthur Jones — a versatile lineman who can play both inside and out — who signed a five-year deal reportedly worth $33 million.

Jones started 20 games in four seasons with the Ravens, recording 118 tackles and 8.5 sacks. He made 13 starts in 2013 with 53 tackles and four sacks. In Indianapolis he'll be reunited with head coach Chuck Pagano — who served as his defensive coordinator in 2011 — and defensive end Cory Redding — who played for Baltimore in 2010 and 2011.

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