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Locking In Fili Moala Prior to Free Agency Period A Key Move For Indianapolis Colts

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

It’s clear that the Indianapolis Colts are trying to keep as much talent in house as they can before the free agency period begins at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. They’ve already re-signed several members of last year’s team and rightfully so. Indianapolis went 11-5 in each of the last two years, making the playoffs in both seasons. For a rebuilding effort that is having so much success, why let the key players go?

Indianapolis signed another one of their own on Monday night, coming to a deal with defensive end Fili Moala. The 28-year old was drafted by the Colts in 2009. He has had 88 career tackles and three sacks in his first five seasons in the league. His role expanded as the years have gone on, as he played more downs in 2013 when he was healthy.

This move keeps the defensive front intact for 2014 if they decide to bring back Ricky-Jean Francois. That’s key to a young team as they can build pieces elsewhere if needed.

If they do decide to bring in more talent on the line, it only makes them deeper as any help would bump a starter to second-string. That can’t hurt, especially to a team that struggled to get much pressure on the quarterback. Fixing the defensive side of the ball can be the difference on the Colts making a run at the Super Bowl or sitting at home. That’s why this move was so key.

Eric Smith is the Colts Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru