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Colts, Brackett discussing new deal to keep linebacker in Indy

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Gary Brackett has been in talks with the team about a new contract, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported Friday.

Brackett, a pending unrestricted free agent, is considered a priority for the organization, and the sides could have something done before the linebacker is scheduled to hit the open market March 5.

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"Gary has expressed his great desire to retire a Colt," Brackett's agent, Brian Mackler, told the Indianapolis Star on Friday. "I'm going to do my best to honor his wishes and (team president) Bill (Polian) and I are going to continue to talk."

Brackett, a seven-year veteran, has topped the 100-tackle mark three times in his NFL career and has finished with 99 stops in each of the past two seasons. The former undrafted free agent out of Rutgers is a leader on the Colts' defense.

"When you have a situation with Gary's presence in the locker room, what he means to the community, that he's been fortunate to play in two Super Bowls, won a ton of games, it's a great opportunity, a great place for Gary to finish," Mackler told the Star. "But it's really up to Bill and I to get this thing done."

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