Sports briefs 9/2/05

Friday, September 2, 2005

Football

* Defensive tackle Corey Simon, cut by the Philadelphia Eagles, agreed to a multiyear contract Thursday with Indianapolis in what could be a big boost for the Colts' defense.

The Eagles removed the franchise tag on the former first-round draft pick Sunday, making him an unrestricted free agent. The negotiations with the Colts didn't take long, agent Roosevelt Barnes said.

Barnes said he finished the deal "in principle" with Colts president Bill Polian on Thursday morning and that Simon, who has 32 sacks in his five-year NFL career, would probably be in Indianapolis today for a physical.

Simon was the Eagles' first-round pick and the sixth overall selection in the 2000 draft, out of Florida State. In five seasons with Philadelphia, he had 270 tackles and 32 sacks.

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