The Indianapolis Colts have used their franchise tag on defensive end Robert Mathis, Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star reports.
The two sides are expected to quickly wrap up talks on a multi-year extension.
A fifth-round pick out of Alabama A&M in 2003, Mathis has 395 tackles, 83.5 sacks and 39 forced fumbles during his nine-year career with the Colts, earning trips to the Pro Bowl after each of the last four seasons.
Mathis, who turned 31 last week, earned $3.57 million in total compensation in 2011. Under the franchise tag, Mathis would earn $10.595 million in base salary, which would become guaranteed once the tender is signed.