Manning, Harrison, Stokley already staying

Updated: December 20, 2004, 12:02 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

With several of their other offensive stars locked up with new contracts, the Colts can focus on Edgerrin James, and Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that the team is set to slap a franchise tag on James to prevent the running back from being a free agent.

Edgerrin James
Running Back
Indianapolis Colts
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2004 SEASON STATISTICS
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
289 1395 8 45 419 0

Irsay has the tag available after signing quarterback Peyton Manning and wide receiver Marvin Harrison to blockbuster deals, and his goal is to give James the big money, too.

In fact, the Colts structured Harrison's contract with an eye toward retaining enough salary cap flexibility to keep James, who leads the team in rushing by more than a thousand yards. Before Sunday's game, James had run for 1,395 yards, Dominic Rhodes 201.

Harrison agreed Dec. 8 to a seven-year, $67 million extension. Earlier this year, Manning signed a seven-year, $98 million deal that included a $34 million signing bonus.

The Colts also have agreed in principle to a five-year, $17.5 million extension for receiver Brandon Stokley, ESPN.com's John Clayton confirmed Saturday.

Irsay awaits his new stadium deal and a league labor extension to make a new contract easier to negotiate.

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