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Colts can only block Rob Chudzinski for one more week

Rob Chudzinski

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, NOV. 9-10 - FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2013 file photo, Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski walks the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chief in Kansas City, Mo. The Browns hit the bye week in better shape than they’ve been in years, and Chudzinski deserves much of the credit. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)


Maybe Colts offensive assistant Rob Chudzinski is more available than it first appears.

While the Colts have denied teams permission to interview for coordinator jobs, they can’t do so for much longer.

According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chudzinski’s contract with the Colts actually expires next week, at which point he can do what he pleases without their permission.

So by denying him the chance to interview now, the Colts might just be stalling in hopes other teams will otherwise fill the jobs they have open.

But in the wink-nod world of reality, anyone interested in the former Browns head coach can wait the Colts out, and there are avenues by which he might be aware of that interest.

Of course, this gives Chudzinski some leverage in any potential negotiations with the Colts, if they want to hang onto the former Browns head coach, and gives the Rams, 49ers and Bears reason to keep a job open if they’re really interested.