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@Poncho Vegas I agree Poncho. Too many teams spend big on a bust and pay for it for years. We didn't sign anyone we can't walk away from without hurting the team long term. Anyone can be an arm chair quarterback but hearing the gloom and doom here reminds me too much of why I quit reading Brad Wells columns. Time will tell, but I feel we have tried to invest in multiple areas to create a better team, and not just hit a couple areas of concern.
1 year, 2 months ago on An All-22 Examination of Ricky Jean-Francois
Boyett had the surgery on both knees in mid september and already ran a 4.57 at his pro day. Along with running routes and catching passes. Of course the biggest hurdle will be contact, but everyone seems to think he's ready and will be good by camp. I like a lot. But I've been wrong before!
1 year, 2 months ago on Colts Post-Draft Notebook: Hugh Thornton and John Boyett - the “Buzz Saw”
@couchspud44 I completely agree with the article and your assessment. You need to hit on a later round pick or two (which the Colts always seem to do) but it can be a crap shoot. I think Both Hughes and Boyett can be great finds. Time will tell.
1 year, 2 months ago on Colts Post-Draft Notebook: Montori Hughes
@bradicus18 Yes, I exaggerated the 'hate' word, but for such a great draft class last year, it sure seems Kyle is parlaying it into more of an OK draft. The Ballard as 'just a guy' comment got me. Just because he was a later round pick and came on after Brown once again came up lame, doesn't mean he wasn't 'the guy' when it mattered. The O-line was an excuse for Luck, but not the RB's last year.
1 year, 2 months ago on Final Draft Summary: Colts Focus on Trenches, Forgo Addressing Skill Positions
Last year the new regime came in knowing it needed to restock at skill positions. Peyton was gone and Luck (presumably our #1 pick) needed some complimentary players to go along with Reggie. Drafting TE, TE, WR, RB, WR. Exciting draft! This year, after a surprising season with a playoff berth, we didn't need (as much) the skill, we needed the behind the scenes guys. Last year was all about the O-line sucking. Well, seems Grigson agreed. We spent FA money and picks to fix. CB issues? Brought in Toler in FA. Pass rusher! Got it. D-line help? yep, got that too. I think with FA and this years draft, we are set as a 'team' and not just Peyton's guys, for the first time in many many years. Will be a fun season.
@Kyle Rodriguez So you hated last years draft? You sure aren't high on 4 of the skill players we drafted last year. Ballard may be just a guy, but behind that O-line everyone complains about, he had solid numbers. Hilton not yet, and maybe never #1, but Wayne is still here for a couple years. I know, getting older, but show me how that has translated to his stats yet? Allen was very good last year, I think he's proven what he can do. Fleener will need to show his injuries are behind him.
I think too many people see last years draft, and all the top skill position help we added, and wonder why this year appears to be a let down. Well, we have Luck, and do not need another QB. Have Wayne, Hilton, and DHB at WR, so another would have been fine, but not a need. We have 3 solid RB's under contract and Ballard showed he can run even behind a less than stellar O-Line. So this year we go after more of the 'trenches' type players. Besides QB, they say to build a team from the lines out. And we did a good job of that in FA and in this draft.
I personally think Boyett is a beast. Love this kid. He's had surgery, but way earlier than what we saw with Chapman. Ran a 4.57 at his pro day and was 2nd among safeties with 27 reps @ 225lb @ combine. Plus is known as a team leader in college. With a 6th rounder? Nothing but upside.
1 year, 2 months ago on 2013 Draft Grade Smackdown
Thanks Marcus! Enjoyed all the write ups!
1 year, 2 months ago on The Colts Draft RB Kerwynn Williams and TE Justice Cunningham, Mr. Irrelevant, in the 7th Round
You need more than 2 TE's on your roster, and this guy could fill the spots behind Fleener and Allen. Hopefully Fleener's injuries last year will not be a recurring theme, but if they are, we needed some help in that area. 7th rounder, what to lose?
My only real gripe with this pick, was that Lattimore was still there and then went 10 picks later to San Fran.
1 year, 2 months ago on Colts Draft Khaled Holmes, Center, USC, with the 24th Pick in the 4th Round
@hankster Yeah, we will not get one of the next 4-5 WR's on the board, but a good one still should be there in the 3rd. I'm hoping WR or Lattimore, but with no HUGE needs I'm fine sitting back and seeing what happens.
1 year, 2 months ago on Colts Select Bjoern Werner with the 24th Pickin the Draft
@paulcareyjr @rogcohen 8.5 sacks in 4-3. We've moved on from him and the scheme. He was one hell of a pass rusher (one of the best) before age and injuries slowed him down. Next man up.
@paulcareyjr @rogcohen Unfortunately, the pay cut was from a huge previous deal. Where did he currently sign? Oh yeah, wants too much money to sign anywhere so far.
@buymymonkey I don't see Jax beating us at home this year. We've improved (on paper) and they really have not IMO. But other than that I agree. Couple can go either way, but can't they all?
1 year, 3 months ago on Colts 2013 Schedule Released
@hankster Hope you get to see a great game! I'm a spoiled season tix holder but only for the last 3 years. Had only caught a handful of games before that and they were always a blast.
Is it Thursday yet? I love the mocks, but I think I'm on overload. I'm preparing for 'we drafted who?'
1 year, 3 months ago on #CAmock Review- First Round
@Kyle Rodriguez The high draft seeding would have more effect on the 1st couple rounds as opposed to the later ones.
1 year, 3 months ago on Looking into the Future: Long Term Drafting Needs
@bradicus18 I also think 'if' we take a WR at #24 after signing DHB, it says the Colts are not sold on Brazill or Walden as solid options.
1 year, 3 months ago on First Round Mock Draft Review - Part Two
@MarcusDugan Yeah, I'm stoked about the signing, but think I've read and commented all I possibly can. Draft almost here? Schedules being released in a week or so? :)
1 year, 3 months ago on Colts Free Agency Notebook: A New Beginning for Darrius Heyward-Bey
1 year, 3 months ago on The Colts Sign Free Agent Darrius Heyward-Bey to a One-Year Deal
@MarcusDugan Highlights make you go 'WOW'. Stats make you go 'HUH?'
8 games vs SEC competition he avg.
3.25 rec 47 yds with 3 TD's
4 games vs lesser foes
5 rec 100 yds with 2 TD's
I don't like how AL held him to 2 rec for 25 yds and he deemed to disappear vs big D's.
@MarcusDugan @cwjwl @DougEngland I think we both see that coming.
Main issue as I see it, is we will hopefully be at the back of the pack in the draft again. If so, most can't miss WR's go in the first 10 picks. Appears to me looking back at past drafts, what we will get at WR at #24, is likely to be the type of guy we would get most years around that spot. I actually like the potential of a couple of the guys who may fall to us.
@Payton It's not you. his prev yr he had 15 tackles with 1 sack. Last year he stepped up with 41 tackles, 4 sacks, and 3 tackles for loss. His only real issue was a lot of penalties. I think he could really make another step up with same aggression and more self control.
1 year, 3 months ago on Colts Draft Targets - Trevardo Williams vs Chase Thomas
@MarcusDugan @cwjwl :)
I stumbled on it while studying for a fantasy baseball draft, and ran through the house like a 12 yr old who just got an ice cream cone to tell my 17 yr old son!
1 year, 3 months ago on Colts Wide Receiver Options: If Not Heyward-Bey, Then Who?
@DougEngland My exact thoughts. A 2 or 3 yr would hae been preferable, but I'm sure DHB wants to get the big check next year.
With him on a one year deal, and Wayne with 2 left, I would still look at WR at #24, but this allows a lot of flexibility in that area. Grab the BPA and smile.
@ECB I agree, but just wouldn't consider it a 'biggest need' per article.
1 year, 3 months ago on Colts' Biggest Needs Post-Free Agency
Hey Marcus, get your DHB article going. I hear we signed him tonight!
Colts signed Heyward-Bey to a contract tonight.
I'm super thrilled.
@ECB One of best defenses in NFL was San Fran and they play a 3-4 scheme. Key is not for the DL and DE's to rush the passer, but to create pressure and double teams for gaps in O-line. Justin Smith considered one of top DE's in football had 3 sacks. Linebacker Aldon Smith had 19.5 and LB Ahmad Brooks had 6.5. No one else had over 3.
I like the perspective, but the Walden signing is the only one so far I just think is super questionable. And even that one I am waiting till camps to see what he brings. Landry signing was my favorite. Except for an achiles injury he's now had surgery on, he's only missed one game in his career. Cherilus is who the Colts wanted. He was the target. Plus, we had the money to maybe over spend a tad. More I read on him, better the signing looks. Plus, you can't compare Volmer's contract as he resigned with his current team. Some players give the 'home team' discount if they want to return. Just look at Reggie's contract with us last year.
1 year, 3 months ago on Playing the Market in Free Agency
@Payton @smonroe I'd rather have the guy with one injury that took him out for an extended time, the than guy who get hurt every season. See Bob Sanders.
@babyjesus107 I agree with the Landry deal as well. Bethea is a free agent after this year so nice to lock up the SS for multiple years.
@MarcusDugan I actually appreciate these articles more than 'will Luck be better than Manning' etc. type articles. Keeps me in touch with guys 45-53 on the roster!!!
1 year, 3 months ago on Roster Update: Colts Trade Geathers for FB Stanley Havili, Re-sign Linkenbach
Nice to get some insight on a guy I never heard of. So my critique of him. First, no, well, I got nothin'.
@MarcusDugan @cwjwl Looks like he latched on with NYG
@jelewin I guess I think the exact opposite. After signing FA's, our needs seemed to have shifted off of the lines a bit. Signed 2 OL and multiple DL guys. We lost our #2 (or 3 depending how u c it) WR and have yet to bring anyone in. After Wayne and Hilton he have 5 other receivers on roster (I think) who have COMBINED for 12 catches and 182 yards in their careers. That counts Palmers one catch for -4 yds and 11 for 186 from Brazill.
Need weapons. Luck is not yet Manning.
@MarcusDugan @cwjwl Thought he finished on the practice squad, but I may have missed the cut.
DHB is the only one that makes me tingle inside. If he goes elsewhere, I would say the draft may be the best option. Although I feel we could use BOTH DHB AND a WR in the draft at 24. But I have little faith in Brazill and just a bit more in Whalen. Is it bad to say I actually liked Kris Adams at camp last year?
@MarcusDugan No good article shall go wasted!
PS - my neighbor Packer fan thinks Walden sucks as well. I refuse to believe him too!!
1 year, 3 months ago on Free Agency Review: Erik Walden Versus the Colts
@Nate Dunlevy @paulcareyjr Nah, that's why we have you!!! I can only hope you're wrong, or hope if you're right that Jerry can step up. You may be right that he was the wrong sign, but keeping Freeney was also not the answer.
Of next 30 (round out top 40) in yards.
8 more 1st round
3 2nd round
6 3rd round (TY Hilton)
4 4th round
1 5th round
1 6th round
2 7th round
1 year, 3 months ago on The Case for and against Signing Free Agent Darrius Heyward-Bey
If we need a WR, which we do, the sooner you draft him the better. People think we can get a 'good' one later, but it typically doesn't happen. Top 10 in yards last season?
7 were first round picks
1 was second round pick
1 was fourth round pick
1 undrafted (Welker)
#22 pick was Demaryious Thomas, #24 was Dez Bryant, #27 was Roddy WHite, #30 was Reggie Wayne.
Shows to me if we are hoping to replace Reggie as a number one soon, we need round 1 production.
@paulcareyjr @AJ_ I agree, I'd love to see one of those guys a Colt with the #24.
@Nate Dunlevy @paulcareyjr It is amazing the Colts haven't signed you for their personnel department yet. You could have saved them tons of time and money this off season. I will trust them before you if I need to take a side. BUT, nice article, was a good read......
@Nate Dunlevy @paulcareyjr I can see the point if you say it 'could have been', or 'possibly will be' better than signing Walden, but we saw Freeney here last year and it wasn't impressive. We saw him in the 4-3 the year before and it wasn't impressive. We haven't seen Walden in this scheme yet, so we can't say anything definitively, just opinions.
@Nate Dunlevy If they didn't feel he fit what they are trying to do, it doesn't make sense to make an offer. Why fit a square peg in a round hole?
Dwight Freeney rumors: Free agent defender wants $6 million per year
Guess he wouldn't have been a 'cheaper' player than Walden. Sure we could have got the home town discount, but that is a lot of cash for a player on the wrong side of 30 who has shown injuries and scheme issues. Lets give Walden a chance. I think it was too much $'s, but maybe, just maybe, (why do I want to say naughty girls need love too?) Grigson knew what he was doing going younger and more athletic.
@Bobman1 @Colt_Following @hankster @matt_has Drop rate is based on 'catchable' balls and not targets. Although 'catchable' can certainly be debatable.
@Colt_Following @hankster @matt_has But in the same perspective, isn't DHB more of a deep threat than either Avery or Hilton was? Plus, I distinctly remember one of Hiltons as he was all alone at the 10 yard line and he waited for the ball to hit him right in the hands. Not all tuff catches.
@hankster I scowered the net looking it up, and that's what I found. Will try to find the link later and post.
@MarcusDugan I agree on the price. I was hoping he's be signed and giving a sound bite about how he loves Indy today. Instead he is heading to Detroit. To me, Avery money + a tad is worth it, and I think our cap is getting limited anyway. Maybe backloaded deal best we could do.
@hankster @matt_has I know he was a rookie, but Hilton's drop rate was one of the highest in the NFL and equal to Avery's. DHB had his worst drop rate in his best season (go figure) and it still was not as bad as Hilton or Avery. Not sure why so many say he drops a lot of balls.
@rogcohen Freeney has had trouble staying healthy of late, and it seemed to be common knowledge he didn't fit our system last year. I agree with rogcohen, Walden can't be much worse than Freeney looked last year, oh, and the year before. Don't misread, I love the guy and what he brought to the Colts for many years. HOFer in my opinion.
In listening to Ryan Grigson's with mad dog last night, he mentioned we were not interested in Welker because he was more of a 'slot' receiver and he said they are easier to come by than big edge receiver so he wouldn't invest much in FA for a slot guy. This was in reference to if the Colts had had an interest in Welker after his release. Was easy to read between the lines that he wanted someone more the ilk DHB. And not many options out there.
I think we desperately need a WR. Just Wayne and Hilton as proven guys will not strike the fear in defenses. People say we may have something in Brazill and Whalen (I know he was hurt) but we kept running Avery out there. Not convinced until they step up and perform. Almost every team has guys they 'like', but seldom come through.
Although it's said Colts Nation is 'split', hitting multiple boards last night, and looking here today, I've rarely seen anyone against the possible signing. Only no factor seems to be depending on $'s.
I'm all for the signing. The Raiders have been terrible on offense, and DHB has gone through multiple QB's and a couple dif offensive systems. PLUS, he only had six dropped passes last year. Shows to me his numbers were down based on Oakland not getting him the ball.
@bradicus18 @MarcusDugan @Westhoff Yes, but they were not big sack guys. But more for just pressure on the QB. But the signings seem to show we are going that direction.
1 year, 4 months ago on Colts Free Agency Notebook: Meet Aubrayo Franklin
@hankster @MarcusDugan @bradicus18 @Westhoff I was never a big fan of the cover 2. We were always toward the bottom in team defense.
@MarcusDugan @bradicus18 @Westhoff I'm no expert on the 3-4, but I was reading Mathis can go back to the 'rush' side. Sounded as if the blind side olb was the sack guy and the other was more the pass and run stop. Looked at Baltimore and they typically do it with one main sack guy.
2012 - Kruger 9, next high 5
2011 - Suggs 14, next high 6
2010 - Suggs 11, next high 5.5
2009 - Highest on team was 6.5
With our new found size, if Mathis can get after the qb, and we throw in blitzes (something Colts fans are not use to till last year) then life in the secondary gets a lot easier.
@Payton Law of averages says, 3 guys with knee issues, at least 1 has to be alright? Right? Anyone?
1 year, 4 months ago on Luckâs New Backup: Matt Hasselbeck Signs 2-year Deal with the Colts
@Payton Boy I hope you are being facetious!
"Franklin appeared in 12 games, starting nine, last year before landing on injured reserve with a knee injury." - rotoworld
Irsay tweet. "insurance policies are VERY valuable...makes your pillow softer at night"
Obviously this signing is in regards to not having a reliable back up behind Manning when he went down that precipitated the firing of the Polians and Caldwell. Along with the release of many veteran players. The media came down hard that we didn't have that solid back up. I personally believe our team with 'any' back up QB, still would not have made the playoffs that year, so it is a mute point in my book. Last year we were coming of 2-14 with no expectations, so not having a top #2 was not an issue. Now, 11-5 and trying to improve on that, Irsay and Grigson could not allow that to happen again.
I don't fully agree with it, but it is what it is.
Sidbury was the 715k guy I was thinking of!
1 year, 4 months ago on Guest Post: Were the Colts Free Agents Worth the Money?
You will add the yearly abount X number of yrs left when cut per season.
Cherilus - 2 mil a yr thru 2017. (If cut would count 8 mil next yr, then 6, then 4, then 2)
Walden - 250K a yr thru 2016. (a very Colt friendly contract. only 4mil guaranteed which includes '13 base)
Landry - 1.75 mil a yr thru 2016.
Toler - 333K a yr thru 2015. (5 mil was guarnteed)
Thomas - 250K a yr thru 2016.
RJF - 1.375 mil a yr thru 2016.
This is not what they make, just the cap hit if released. Plus, I am not a lawyer, so............
Critique my own comment. Francois is not cheap like the article I read this AM (could point out where but what the point). He is making 2.375 this year, 5.875 next, 6.875 the last two per another site. I don't know Ricky so unfortunately he hasn't confirmed any numbers with me. :)
I enjoyed the article. Fun read. Just two counterpoints. Cherilus isn't 7.5 per year, although he is a 7.5 cap hit this season. Next year he is only 3.0 against the cap, and 6.0 the following year. Jumps to 9 for last two seasons with only 2 guaranteed in each. Francois only signed for like 750k. I think league min is somewhere north of 500K (not sure and too lazy to look up) so this is just a value pick up. Colts hoping to catch a player with intangibles on the cheap.
1 year, 4 months ago on Free Agent Examination - S LaRon Landry.
@Ben Savage I went through all contracts at end of last year to compare needs to what was signed to return, etc, and I figured we wouldn't move on a Safety with more pressings holes. So I'm pretty stoked to replace Zibs with Landry. D is turning into a bigger stronger unit as a whole. Which was sorely needed.
@bradicus18 Too funny! I truly believe he feels the passion he shows on twitter. Unfortunately for most of us, the mid range FA's didn't require multiple !!!! But I'm glad he's an owner that cares. Not only about the team, but the community as well. Better him than Jerry Jones!
@bradicus18 Avery signed with Kansas City so he will be dropping passes elsewhere. Irsay has given just enough info to know he's trying to get a WR somehow, someway, but who is yet to be seen.
After the issues with RG3 last year, do you not believe Landry that the Redskins may have some issues with their medical staff? They have James Andrews as 'head' trainer, but he isn't allowed to look at RG3 when he got hurt. Also, Landry's injury history is an achilles injury that he tried to avoid surgery. He re injured the achilles and later had surgery to fix. Played 63 of 64 games in other seasons. OK, I have no excuses for the pass coverage though! Nice write up!
@MarcusDugan @cwjwl I'll try that. Also didn't like app cause I couldn't read the comments.
1 year, 4 months ago on Colts Free Agency Notebook: Getting to Know Some of the New Guys
@MarcusDugan @cwjwl Had the app until a couple days ago, but the last couple articles I went to took me straight to a video advertisement. Was gonna give it a week and setup again and hope it doesn't continue. Currently going to Colts Authority on PC.
@MarcusDugan @ABlueColt More I see Cherilus, more I like the signing. Plus I'm a huge Landry fan. His two yrs of injury issue was for same prob that later was fixed with surgery so I don't see (what do I know!) a prob going forward. Also like Toler. More I delved into Walden, I'm not as WTF as I was, but still WTH!
@ABlueColt I deleted from my phone and said I would never go back as Brad Wells is the worst Colts fan (yes, even more than Kravitz) out there. Even his 'upbeat' columns will bash someone. I downloaded today as I was hoping to get info on the Irsay tweets, and sure enough I tried reading the 1st Brad Wells column I came to and didn't even finish. Deleted app again.
@MarcusDugan @jelewin @smonroe Are we sure it wasn't Polian's philosophy? I heard Grigson say he is big into 2nd chances.
Zibs released today. Figured he'd be OK as backup, but Lefedge outplayed him last year at cheaper salary so I guess he was expendable.
@squirrel @NateWalton Agreed. A couple players still had other planned visits but the Colts didn't let them out without a signature. We had the $'s and went for what we wanted.
1 year, 4 months ago on Colts Sign Free Agent DT Ricky Jean Francois
@hankster That's why you stay here and read our unreasonable analysis!
1 year, 4 months ago on Colts Sign Pro Bowl Free Agent Safety LaRon Landry to 4-year Deal
@paulcareyjr So having one of the top ss in the AFC is not good enough?
1 year, 4 months ago on Free Agent Examination - CB Greg Toler.
Our D has always been undersized. I like how we are getting bigger across the board. From 2010 to now. CB Powers 5'9 187, now Davis 5'11 205. CB Lacy 5'10 177 now Toler 6' 192. CB Tryon 5'9 183, now Butler 5'10 185. Safety, Bethea still Bethea 5'11 205. Safety 09 Sanders 5'8 206, 10 Bullit 6'1 201, 12 Zibakowski 5'11 200, now Landry 6' 220. Plus Toler and Landry according to many outlets, like to lay hits on the opposing players. Sound like Pit? Maybe Ravens? I like how we are building. Receivers think twice about going middle when about to get laid out.
@paulcareyjr No one says Landry is a 'bad' coverage guy. He is 'better' at stopping the run. I doubt a bad coverage ss would make the pro bowl like he did last year. Plus was a #7 first round pick. Being from SEC country I followed him at LSU and he can ball.
@talkingplayoffs @hankster @MarcusDugan All this D has heard for 15 yrs is 'can't stop the run'. We take measures to improve in that area and now we hear that it's a passing league (it is). If the corners do their job, the safeties can be run oriented and help in passing schemes.
@hankster @MarcusDugan @talkingplayoffs agree
@paulcareyjr Still had over 100 tackles and was 2nd on team. How about not allowing him to have that many opportunities every year.
@talkingplayoffs Bethea had 100 tackles, ranking second on the team. He also had a career high with 2 sacks and tied career-high with 7 passes defended. Still solid numbers and moving back to free safety. Landry was elected to the pro bowl last year and has a similar skill set to Sanders. Why you think quick decline in future? No basis for that. Body type doesn't mean a 28 yr old gets slower.
@RobertItoh I like Davis as well. But I think Toler can be good. Scares me to say IF he stays healthy though. From what I've read, he was over shadowed by Patrick Peterson in AZ, but has all the tools and great work ethic. Fingers crossed. Crap, hate I said that too.
Thing I like, is most areas of need have been relatively addressed. This should allow the Colts to draft best available player and not worry as much about the 'needs'. I think they would have anyway, but this could make the draft interesting. I see going after a WR with 1st or 3rd pick.
@smonroe @DougEngland Maybe not Welker, or Jennings, or another high priced WR, but I think we need help in that area. Wayne and Hilton are only provens and Hilton is a 2nd yr guy. Since we shored up the DB's and added an OLB(wtf) and added OL via free agency, maybe Colts look WR in draft.
@hankster Live next door to Packer backer. He isn't sad to see him leave, but he, as all online ever mention is Kaepernick juking him time and again in playoffs last year. Kinda unfair to expect a 250lb LB to keep up with Kaepernick. I trust Pagano with Defense, so I'll reserve my boos till after first couple games. :)
1 year, 4 months ago on Colts Free Agency: So what's the deal with this Gosder Cherilus fellow?
@bradicus18 Levitre signed for 5yr 60 with 27.5 garaunteed. Vasquez was 4yr 23.5 so we paid slightly more. Some outlets have Cherilus as better than Vasquez, especially in pass protection.
1 year, 4 months ago on Patience and Restraint Mark Opening of Free Agency for Colts
Sorry, 7 signed elsewhere not 9.
1 year, 4 months ago on Colts Authority Radio's Live Free Agency Coverage
Not that we'll sign one, but most top FA's aren't going to jump at first offer. Of the top 50 on CBS, 12 have resigned with current team, 9 have signed with a new team, and 31 still available.
Toler OK if healthy. Missed all of 2011 and 5 games last year. Knee in 11 and hammy in 12.
Sidbury. 4 yrs w Atlanta. And 14 tackles......
'The Cleveland Browns are closing in on a deal for Baltimore Ravens free agent outside linebackerPaul Kruger, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun'
1 year, 4 months ago on Final Thoughts as Colts get Set to Dive into Free Agency
@Sandals Yes, and watch the front or back end contracts. Signing player A to 4 yr 40 mil does not mean 10 mil this yr. Prob more like 7-8 unless we spend heavy this year since we have the space.
@bradicus18 I don't disagree there. If we sign him, I will say, ahh cool. If we don't, I will say, ahh cool.
@Sandals Example, drafted Hilton mid 3rd. His contract last year was 530, but goes up every year and in year four he will make 800. I assume picks this year will start low and escalate roughly as his does.
@Sandals To try and answer. Cap is $123 mil. Based on reports we have 43mil to spend, I assume we have spent 80 on current contracts. 90% (actually 88.8 I think) means we must spend 110. So we have between 30 and 43. 1st round about 1.5mil, 3rd rnd about 600K. Say 550 per rest would be roughly 3.75 mil for draft if no trades as we have no 2 or 5. Round to 4 leaves 26-39 in FA money or resigning our own guys.
@bradicus18 Not that I'm jumping up and down for Kruger, but he is from a 3-4 not 4-3, plus he is only 27 yrs old compared to Freeney at 33 yrs. I believe he's an upgrade from Freeney based on age and scheme knowledge, but I also am not sure about the big dollars he may require.
Well, I for one hated not going after team needs in free agency year after year and then hoping we can pull something out of the draft in the 4th round. Having Peyton and the offense covered up many holes, but how much better could we have been? Many a Colt leaves and is barely heard from again. Skill level? That said, I hope we don't take this FA period and put ourselves in cap hell with too many big signings. Too often they don't work out. Signing a OL is a must. Replace Freeney at right price but maybe not Kruger at big $'s. Bring in solid CB and/or S. IF we overspend, keep it to 2-3 yr deal.
If the offense swings towards a Stanford style offense, sure hands are more important than speed to keep the chains moving with short passes. With Wayne being double teamed, we need another reliable 3rd down option. I like Allen's drop numbers about. Pretty impressive. If another receiver can step up (Hilton or Avery) and catch the ball consistently, I feel good about our receivers although I'd love a 6'3 guy with hands, but those are not easy to come by!
1 year, 4 months ago on Historic Drop Rate: Former Rookie Colts WRs