The concept of Christmas in July took on a whole new meaning on Tuesday on West 56th Street.
Funny thing is that it's something Jerraud Powers has done time and time again. Driving up the main road and then hanging a left and then another shortly after into the player's parking lot at Colts complex meant something more to the cornerback. After all, it has been a while.
"It feels like Christmas," said Powers. "I'm going to take a picture of my locker."
Robert Mathis was actually planning to take it a little farther.
"Just go kiss my locker," said the Colts defensive end on what he planned to do when he could go into the complex.
The festive mood is warrented after the nearly five month NFL lockout came to an end on Monday with the approval of the new collective barganing agreement by the players.
One of the first orders of business was to return to the complex, which players have only been able to do once since the lockout began.
In April, only a handful of players showed up when a judge briefly overturned the lockout. The 8th Circuit Court of appeals upheld the lockout shortly after and it stood until Monday. Early arrivals to the complex included running back Donald Brown, receiver Pierre Garcon, tight end Jacob Tamme, cornerback Justin Tryon and linebacker Cody Glenn.
Mathis and Powers were among the big names in the early session with linebacker Gary Brackett and defensive tackle Eric Foster arriving in the afternoon.
"Everthing's going a million miles an hour," said Mathis of the last few days. "I guess when we get settled that's when everything starts to take shape."
What actually will remains the major question for the Colts, who must try to put together a roster of 90 players by the time camp opens next Monday. Undrafted free agents and draft picks can already be signed by clubs, while negotiations can begin for free agents who could then be signed Friday.
For Powers, it leave a lot of uncertaintly as he gets ready for this third Colts training camp, but he's trying to take it in stride.
"I'm just waiting for camp, or whatever," said Powers. "I just excited because all the guys are headed back down, headed back here and I'm just excited to see all my teammates."