ANDERSON, Ind. —
“A person can only fake certain things for so long. There’s no BS, there’s no fair dodging, you know what I’m saying. People can fake it until a certain point, and then after that they can’t do it anymore. This is me all day, uncut and raw. It’s never going to change. So accept me for who I am or get behind me. It’s all about team, and that’s what this thing is all about.”
Redding remembers Pagano saying to him in March, “Cory, I need you.”
And that was enough to convince the 6-foot-4, 315-pounder to pack up after two seasons in Baltimore and move back to the Midwest.
“When I heard that voice come from him, and the sincerity in his voice, like bro, I need you here, that’s what made me forget all others,” Redding said of his brief free agency. “I’m going with you, Chuck. Let’s do this.
I know how important it is to you, and it’s important to me. I wanted to be a part of that change. So here I am.”
A native of Houston, Redding attended the University of Texas and was a third-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2003. He spent his first six seasons in the Motor City before joining the Seattle Seahawks in 2009.
After one season there, he hooked on in Baltimore and was part of the Ravens’ ride to the AFC Championship Game last year.
Redding seemingly hasn’t lost much with age.
His 4.5 sacks and 43 combined tackles were his highest totals in each category since 2006. In two seasons with Baltimore, he made 85 tackles and
In Indianapolis, he’ll line up at defensive end when the Colts use a 3-4 front. When defensive cooridnator Greg Manusky’s scheme switches to a 4-3 or 4-2, however, Redding is more than able to move inside to defensive tackle.