Colts, Pagano could work out deal before start of season

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Colts head coach Chuck Pagano is in the final year of his contract with the team but that does not mean he will enter the season as a lame duck.

“I really feel positive about Chuck and what he’s done for us. There’s no question that he’s accomplished a lot since he’s been here,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said while speaking at the Chuckstrong Tailgate Gala, via ESPN. “And, obviously, we’re here for this gala because he had that illness in 2012. Really, it’s only been kind of two years almost that he’s been coaching. He’s done a very good job. Nothing rules out that we couldn’t have an extension done before the season. If not, we can still, I’m sure, probably work things out.”

The Colts offered Pagano a one-year extension earlier this offseason which was rejected. Pagano joined the Colts back in 2012.

“There were some efforts to talk about it and we just didn’t get there,” Irsay said. “Sometimes that happens and people have different opinions these days. If you go back to the old days, there were no agents involved. … Again, we’re real positive about Chuck Pagano and the things he’s done and it’s not a sign of anything extremely negative. We just haven’t gotten anything done in terms of a long-term contract.”