Receiver market reduces by three for Indy

March, 13, 2014
Mar 13
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INDIANAPOLIS -- One by one, the options at receiver are starting to get smaller for the Indianapolis Colts.

Golden Tate, Jacoby Jones and Eric Decker (good luck catching passes from Geno Smith or Mark Sanchez) are the off the market now, signing with Detroit, Baltimore and the New York Jets, respectively.

The Colts have yet to address their issues at receiver. They had depth problems there at the start of last season. They had it when Reggie Wayne went down with a torn ACL in Week 7. And they still have depth concerns.

Free agency is only in Day 3, so there’s no need to panic, but the Colts can’t get through the offseason without adding a veteran receiver. The receiver position is deep in this year’s draft, but waiting until then to address it would be a risky move by Indianapolis. Part of the reason behind the concern at receiver is because of the uncertainty of what kind of player Wayne will be once he returns.

Good thing for the Colts the market hasn't dried up for receivers.

Former New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks should be at the top of the Colts’ list. The issue could be that Nicks wants a multiyear deal. A one-year contract would be more ideal as some have alluded to because it could be a win-win situation for Nicks and the Colts. It’ll allow Nicks to prove it was injuries that slowed him down the past two seasons and not simply lack of production. The Colts get another option for quarterback Andrew Luck to throw to for at least a year.

Steve Smith's days in Carolina are reportedly numbered. Former Green Bay wideout James Jones and Julian Edelman remain available for the moment.

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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