Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Top Colts' offseason questions
By Mike Wells
INDIANPOLIS -- There was an ESPN Insider piece Tuesday looking at the top 50 offseason questions around the NFL. The one question asked about the Indianapolis Colts was: How will the Colts try to address the disappointing Trent Richardson?
Here are my top four pressing offseason issues for the Colts?
- Re-sign their own free agents: Cornerback Vontae Davis, punter Pat McAfee and safety Antoine Bethea should be at the top of the list of players to be re-signed. They're all key players in different ways for the Colts. Davis is the team's best cornerback. McAfee does more than punt. He also kicks off and has a tendency to lay out opposing returners. Bethea is the backbone of the secondary. The Colts, obviously shouldn't overpay for any of them.
- Returning from the ACL: The Colts lost two key starters, including one future Hall of Famer, with torn ACL's. Receiver Reggie Wayne and running back Vick Ballard both had their season end by Week 7. Both will spend the majority of their time at the Colts facility rehabilitating their knee injuries. Wayne is trying to prove he can return and still play at a high level at age 35 and the Colts need Ballard to team with Richardson in the backfield.
- Improving without a first-round pick: Colts general manager Ryan Grigson still has three months to figure out a way to acquire a pick in the first round. The Colts could use a pick in the first round because they have a number of areas that need to be addressed in the offseason.
- Fix the interior: Grigson can have the same three players starting at guard and center next season. Guards Mike McGlynn and Hugh Thornton and center Samson Satele weren't a good group. Donald Thomas should be back to start at one of the guard positions after missing of last season with a torn tendon in his quad. McGlynn is a free agent and likely won't be back.