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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Colts GM Grigson deserves fans' faith

By Paul Kuharsky

With Jerrell FreemanDarius Butler and Mike McGlynn, with the re-signings of Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis, with a wonderful draft class and with his even temperament, Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson bought himself the benefit of the doubt.

Ryan Grigson
Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was busy during the first day of free agency.
Because of that, I absolutely second the opinion this morning of Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz: “[F]ans are best off to simply trust his judgment -- until he starts missing on guys.”

Gosder Cherilus qualifies as a big name and has proven he can be a physical right tackle in the NFL, though I can’t help but wonder about his knee.

Beyond Cherilus, the Colts added four free agents they see as having big upside in their system: outside linebackers Erik Walden and Lawrence Sidbury, cornerback Greg Toler and guard Donald Thomas.

Walden got $4 million a year, which at least one Packers observer found to be way too much. Sidbury’s done very little in Atlanta. Toler (three years, $15 million, per the Baltimore Sun) is talented, but like Jerraud Powers, who he likely replaces, has an injury history. Thomas has mostly worked as a backup.

But they clearly fit with Grigson’s strategy, which he explained to Kravitz.
“We went after under-the-radar free agents. I’m not a person who likes to put all my eggs in one basket, if I can get good players and a handful of them. It just makes good common sense to help the team in a balanced sort of way instead of going for broke with one guy. That’s my mindset.”

That is completely reasonable.

I doubt he’s done. Odds are Grigson still adds a safety, perhaps LaRon Landry. The biggest need now may rank as receiver.

Even if he doesn’t do anything more and just awaits the draft, Grigson has done some serious roster replenishing.

Fans of rebuilding teams who like their leadership often start saying things like, “In Grigson We Trust.”

His record so far has bought him that. If just two of these four guys wind up qualifying as hits, he’ll have done little to lose that faith.