Offensive lineman Makoa Freitas and wide receiver Aaron Moorehead both received restricted free agent contract tenders today.
But the one-year, $712,000 contract tender amount is a bit more binding for Freitas than it is for Moorehead.
Freitas was a sixth-round selection by the Colts in the 2003 draft. So if the Colts opt not to match a higher offer by another team, Freitas' new team would have to give the Colts a sixth-round selection in this year's draft.
But Moorehead was an undrafted free agent out of Illinois back in 2003. As a result, the only advantage the Colts gain from giving Moorehead the tender is the right to match any offer he might receive on the open market once free agency begins.
Freitas was thrown into action early by the Colts after starting his rookie season on the practice squad. But an injury to left tackle Tarik Glenn gave the rookie out of Arizona the opportunity to show that he could hold his own at the pro level, starting six games for the Colts that season. In his second season, he saw action in all 16 games, including four appearances at left tackle and one at right guard. But Freitas' 2005 campaign ended in the preseason, when a foot injury forced him to have surgery. He spent the year on the injured reserve list but appears to be ready for a fresh start in 2006.
Moorehead, a lanky 6-3, 200-pound receiver has been on the cusp of action as a member of the 53-man roster. He played in 7 games during his first two seasons, but then experienced a dramatic dropoff to just two game appearances this year. He was one of the most frequent members of the weekly inactive list.
As a result, Moorehead entered this offseason with major question marks about the Colts long-term interest in him. But with veteran Troy Walters entering the unrestricted free agent pool, it appears the Colts may be ready to commit to him as their No. 4 receiver.