Colts on the verge of deal with Brackett

ESPN’s John Clayton reports that Gary Brackett’s plans to dip his toe in free agent waters Friday have been scrubbed and that a new deal with the Colts is close.

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But perhaps no prominent unrestricted free-agent-to-be is a better fit with his original team than Brackett, a fireplug who’s size doesn’t bother Indy a bit so long as his speed and instincts help him consistently find his way to the guy with the ball and get him to the ground.

Once the Colts lock up their middle linebacker, they can move forward without any major departures from the team that won the AFC. Raheem Brock, a versatile defensive lineman in recent years, indicated via Twitter Thursday afternoon that he was being let go.

The draft will likely focus, then, on offensive tackle, a defensive end to grow up behind Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, restocking depth in the secondary after not tendering three players who were in line to be restricted free agents (Marlin Jackson, Tim Jennings and Aaron Francisco) and perhaps the return games.