Colts Re-Sign Versatile Offensive Lineman Joe Reitz


The Indianapolis Colts announced today that they have re-signed versatile offensive lineman Joe Reitz. Per Ian Rapoport, the new contract is a 3-year, $9 million dollar deal, although Reitz can earn as much as $10 million with incentives:

Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Indianapolis Colts tackle Joe Reitz (76) against the Denver Broncos in a 2014 AFC Divisional round football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Colts defeated the Broncos 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 4-year veteran is an Indianapolis native, having attended Hamilton Southeastern High School, and it looks as though he’ll continue to get to play for his hometown team for the foreseeable future. The Colts won’t complain either, as Reitz started in 4 games for the Colts last season, appearing at both guard and tackle.

Reitz versatility is his greatest asset, and his ability to play almost every position along the offensive line gives him tremendous value on a team’s roster. Every team could use a proven “swing” offensive lineman, and Reitz fulfills that role very well. It’s similar to baseball, where most teams have 5 starting pitchers and a long-man out of the bullpen, with Reitz being the Colts “longman” in addition to the team’s 5 starting offensive lineman.

While Joe Reitz was actually listed as the primary back-up left tackle on the team’s roster, he’s more of a natural guard by all indications. Still, Reitz can play both tackle spots in a pinch and with uncertainty still along the Colts offensive line, provides the Colts with some much needed reliable veteran depth.

Earlier this week, the Colts re-signed key cornerback Darius Butler, so it looks as though the team is doing their best to re-sign their own key free agents before today’s free agent period officially begins. Next on the list would appear to be veteran safety Mike Adams, who’s coming off a Pro Bowl season and by all indications, the team really wants to re-sign.

Jan 18, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen (34) runs the ball against Indianapolis Colts strong safety Mike Adams (29) during the second quarter in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports