Where’s Kelvin Hayden?
The Colts didn’t save a lot against the salary cap when they released the veteran cornerback. It was about a big base salary they were unwilling to pay him this season.
It was an understandable move.
Although he visited a few teams, Hayden is still out of work, and he’s too good a player to be out of work.
I talked with a scout about him recently, and he said the same. Hayden can still be a significant contributor.
Hayden and a guy like former Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu are simply waiting, the scout said. With no one stepping forward aggressively for their services and offering significant money, each can sit back and see what teams wind up with needs, most likely as a result of injury.
It makes sense. Hayden is a starter in the right situation. And most teams feel like they have their starting people in place right now. After they sift through cuts there may be a new wave of opportunity. After that, there will be guys who go down that need high-caliber replacements. And most teams simply don’t have that guy on their roster right now.
His agent hasn’t returned my messages trying to gauge Hayden’s mindset right now.
If the Colts intended to bring him back at a low cost, I think they would have done so already. (I’m still not sold on Jacob Lacey as a starter, and i like Indianapolis’ group a lot more with Hayden than without him.) An injury to Jerraud Powers, Lacey or Justin Tryon could create a different scenario.
Otherwise I look for Hayden to land elsewhere. Eventually.