Despite his current rehab of a season-ending achilles injury, the Colts announced today that they have signed OLB Robert Mathis to a one-year extension. According to the terms of the additional year:
NFL Media’s Albert Breer reported, via a source involved with the proceedings, that Mathis will get his full $6 million for this year while on the non-football injury list. His 2016 salary will also be $6 million.
It’s clearly financial security for Mathis, who will now be guaranteed his full $6M salary for this season despite being placed on injured reserve. While it’s possible he could have made more than $6M in the open market in 2016 as a free agent, keep in mind that Mathis will be 35 years old in two years.
Additionally, it very well be an additional attempt to help free up some cap space for QB Andrew Luck’s eventual massive contract extension in 2016.