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Mailbag Part II: Will Chuck Pagano's contract situation be a distraction?

Mike Wells: The Colts offered coach Chuck Pagano a one-year contract extension. He turned it down. You can't fault him for turning it down when it was only for an additional $100,000, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. You're talking about a coach who has won at least 11 games and taken a step further in the playoffs in each of his three seasons. I don't see Pagano's coaching situation as a distraction for the organization. Live up to expectations and Pagano will be able land a nice lucrative deal with the Colts or another NFL team. If the Colts sputter and don't make a run in the playoffs, owner Jim Irsay can part ways with Pagano without having to pay him any more money if that's the direction he decides to go. Wells: That's a question that wasn't answered last season and it definitely won't get answered now with Shipley in Arizona. The Colts consistently avoided answering why they made the switch from A.Q. Shipley to Jonotthan Harrison early in the season. Shipley was definitely frustrated. He spoke to ESPN.com Arizona Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss about it recently. Shipley is in line to be Arizona's starting center next season. Wells: There's not much the Colts can change in that area because Pagano already limits the amount of contact they have during practice. He's shied away from hitting in practice to try to avoid injuries. If anything, you have to think they're starting to go the other way since they decided to hold a joint practice with the Chicago Bears in August.