I'll sleep a bit easier at night knowing he's coming back. I mentioned earlier in the Leftovers forum, it's been a real tragedy watching former Colt LB's like Mike Peterson and Marcus Washington become stars on other squads. Nice to see we'll be keeping one for a change.
INDIANAPOLIS – Eight Colts players made the Pro Bowl last season.
On Monday, they ensured that seven of the eight will return.
Cato June, a Colts outside linebacker and a Pro Bowl selection in his second season as a starter last season, has re-signed with the team, the club announced Monday. Terms and duration were not disclosed.
June, who began his career as a sixth-round draft selection in 2003, has started the last two seasons. Last season, he led the Colts in interceptions with five and was one of eight Indianapolis players named to the Pro Bowl.
June last season finished third on the Colts in tackles despite missing the last three games of the regular season with a variety of injuries, including a sports hernia. He returned for the postseason and had an interception in the Colts’ Divisional Playoff loss to Pittsburgh.
He also had three quarterback pressures and a pass defensed.
June’s injuries late in the season hindered not only June, but the entire defense, Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy said recently.
“That’s one of the things that really hurt us,” Dungy said. “As we’re watching the cutups of the whole season, you can see a difference in him (June) between the first half of the season and the second half of the season. He gutted it out and played down the stretch, but Cato wasn’t the same player he was the first eight weeks.
“Even in the playoffs, he wasn’t quite the same, so if we can get him healed up and ready, we have a very confident guy who knows what he’s doing. If he gets back to that same explosiveness he had at the beginning of the year, he should have a great year. He really should.”
Of the Colts’ other Pro Bowl selections, six were already under contract: quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, center Jeff Saturday, defensive end Dwight Freeney, safety Bob Sanders and offensive tackle Tarik Glenn.
June entered the off-season as a restricted free agent, meaning he had completed three accrued seasons of NFL service and his contract had expired. He received a qualifying offer from the Colts early in the off-season and was free to negotiate with any club until April 21.
If a restricted free agent accepts an offer from a new club, the old club has the right to match the offer and retain the player. If the old club elects not to match the offer, it may receive draft-choice compensation depending on the level of the qualifying offer made to the player.
The lone Pro Bowl selection from 2006 who will not return is running back Edgerrin James, who signed as an unrestricted free agent with Arizona.