Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The next big thing: Colts
By Mike Wells
INDIANAPOLIS -- Like the rest of the teams in the NFL, front office personnel from the Indianapolis Colts are in Mobile, Ala., scouting talent at the Senior Bowl for the May draft.
The Colts, who finished with an 11-5 record and AFC divisional playoff appearance, have a number of holes that need to get fixed through the draft or free agency.
The offensive and defensive line, linebacker, cornerback and receiver are areas the Colts need to address in the offseason. They need a run-stopper up the middle at defensive tackle. Just like last season, Indianapolis needs to add depth at receiver. Reggie Wayne is due back, after missing most of the 2013 season with a torn ACL, and is expected to start with T.Y. Hilton, but the Colts need to find a solid No. 3 receiver. They'll have about $30 million in salary-cap space to improve the roster through free agency.
Colts general manager Ryan Grigson doesn’t often tip his hand on which way he’s thinking, but he acknowledged the team wants to re-sign cornerback Vontae Davis. The Colts were at that their best in the secondary when Davis and Greg Toler were their starting cornerbacks.
“We want to strive to have championship-level players throughout our roster; that’s the goal,” Grigson said. “And it’s not easy. It’s not like you can just go to your local swap meet or go to Target and just take your cart and grab whatever and say, ‘I need this, this and this’ and just go grab it. It’s a process. You may really need this but you don’t have the means to get it. Or that thing may be irregular or it might have some dents and some things in it that you can’t spend the money on. Everything has to kind of line up sometimes to get the right pieces. But that’s what you have the draft for. That’s what you have free agency for.”