Indianapolis has secured the services of one of their two starting offensive guards with the re-signing of restricted free agent Ryan Lilja.
Entering his fourth NFL season -- all of them with the Colts -- Lilja signed his one-year tender of $1.3 million to return for the 2007 season. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Kansas City, Lilja was added to the Colts' 53-man roster after he was released by the Chiefs following the end of their training camp. Kansas City had hoped to add him to their practice squad.
Lilja has started in 27 regular season games over the past three seasons, including all 16 in 2005. A training camp knee injury nagged at him until late in the 2006 campaign.
With his signing, the Colts will now have to hope for a similar outcome with starting right guard Jake Scott, who was also tendered at the second-round draft pick compensation level like Lilja. So far, Scott has not had any visits to other teams.
Meanwhile, DT Montae Reagor visited the Eagles and reportedly has reached agreement on a three-year, $8.25 million contract that includes $2 million in guaranteed money according to NFL.com's Adam Schefter.
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Reagor's physical condition had come into question when the Colts had to make a decision on whether or not to keep him on their roster when the new NFL year opened on March 2nd. Apparently, the Colts weren't convinced that it was wise to invest the kind of money that Reagor was scheduled to make this year with Indianapolis based on his condition at that time. Reagor's vehicle was struck by a car last October, hospitalizing him and leaving him with head and face injuries that required season-ending surgery.
Evidently, the Eagles' physicians were satisfied with Reagor's current condition and outlook for the future as the team didn't allow him to leave town without putting an offer on the table.
The Colts currently have starters Anthony McFarland and Raheem Brock on the roster as well as backup Darrell Reid. They also have an uncertain situation with Corey Simon, who didn't play a single game last year while the team and Simon disputed the cause of the layoff (and are heading for arbitration on the issue). Dan Klecko, who rotated in and also played fullback, is currently an unsigned free agent.