Indianapolis Colts: DeMarcus Ware

INDIANAPOLIS -- There is no better time for an offseason power ranking than right after the draft, because that is the unofficial ending of the major moves made by teams.

Teams will continue to tinker with their roster, but the draft is compete and the majority of the headline-making moves are complete.

ESPN.com's post-draft Power Rankings, based teams' offseason moves, were released Tuesday. The Indianapolis Colts are seventh in the rankings up one spot from the season-ending rankings.

To no surprise, the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks are at the top of the rankings. From an AFC standpoint, the Colts are third behind Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos (2nd), who lost to the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (4th).

I think the Broncos are still the class of the AFC after they added DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward on defense to go with Manning and that high-powered offense.

I only give the Patriots the edge over the Colts because they beat Indianapolis in the playoffs last season, and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has struggled in two games -- seven interceptions -- against New England.

The Colts didn’t make a major splash in the offseason, but they continued to add offensive weapons to go with Luck’s arm, feet and ability to pull off the unthinkable. Questions at center and safety will remain until Khaled Holmes (center) and Delano Howell prove they are the right players to start at those positions.

The Colts will be able to see how they match up with those teams next season. They play the Broncos in Week 1 and the Patriots in Week 11.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Who said the Indianapolis Colts aren't spending money?
That’s a slight exaggeration because the Colts really haven’t been big spenders during free agency, and it’s expected to stay that way.

The one thing the Colts did do, though, is fork over a lot of guaranteed money. They gave cornerback Vontae Davis $20 million in guaranteed money when they signed him to a four-year, $39 million contract shortly after free agency started on March 11.

Davis’ $20 million in guaranteed money is tied for the fifth most given out to a player since free agency started, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

Teams obviously think high of defensive players, as five of the six players with the highest guaranteed money are on defense. Safety Jairus Byrd received the most guaranteed money, with New Orleans giving him $26.3 million.

Left tackle Branden Albert is the only offensive player, as he received $26 million in guaranteed money from the Miami Dolphins.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts have said a number of times that they know about the moves other teams in the NFL have made during free agency. They also noted that they're not letting other team's moves dictate what they do.

“Everybody's going to approach free agency and try to better their teams however they feel necessary,” coach Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “We really focus on what we have to do to get better. We're not really concerned. We keep an eye on things, certainly in your own conference. But our focus is on us trying to make ourselves better.”

Denver and New England have been two of the most talked about teams when it comes to free-agent moves. But the Broncos and Patriots aren't the only two opponents the Colts face in 2014 that have been active in free agency. Washington and Baltimore have been active, too, with the addition of receivers DeSean Jackson and Steve Smith, respectively.

Here's a look at each of the Colts' 2014 opponents and the free agents they've signed that were with other teams last season with at least a ‘C' grade by Bill Polian in his FA tracker.

New England

Key additions: CB Darrelle Revis, CB Brandon Browner, WR Brandon LaFell

Denver

Key additions: CB Aqib Talib, S T.J. Ward, C Will Montgomery, DE DeMarcus Ware, WR Emmanuel Sanders

Pittsburgh

Key additions: S Mike Mitchell, RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, LB Arthur Moats

Baltimore

Key additions: WR Steve Smith, TE Owen Daniels

Cleveland

Key additions: S Donte Whitner, WR Nate Burleson, LB Karlos Dansby, TE Jim Dray, G Paul McQuistan, RB Ben Tate

Cincinnati

Key additions: S Danieal Manning, OT Marshall Newhouse

Dallas

Key additions: None

New York Giants

Key additions: OT Charles Brown, RB Rashad Jennings, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB Walter Thurmond, DE Robert Ayers, TE Kellen Davis, G John Jerry, OL Geoff Schwartz

Washington

Key additions: DT Jason Hatcher, WR DeSean Jackson, DE Clifton Geathers, LB Adam Hayward, LB Akeem Jordan, WR Andre Roberts, LB Darryl Sharpton

Philadelphia

Key additions: OT Andrew Gardner

Jacksonville

Key additions: DE Red Bryant, DE Chris Clemons, RB Toby Gerhart, DE Ziggy Hood

Houston

Key additions: S Chris Clemons, RB Andre Brown, S Kendrick Lewis

Tennessee

Key additions: WR Dexter McCluster, OT Michael Oher, DE Al Woods, LB Wesley Woodyard
The talk of the NFL's free-agency period through the first two weeks in the AFC has centered on the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots.

The Broncos bulked up their defense by acquiring defensive end DeMarcus Ware, safety T.J. Ward and cornerback Aqib Talib to go with quarterback Peyton Manning and the rest of the offense. The Patriots signed cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner while re-signing receiver Julian Edelman.

The Indianapolis Colts?

They didn’t make any free-agent splashes outside of re-signing cornerback Vontae Davis. General manager Ryan Grigson easily could have panicked as the Patriots and Broncos, the two teams who played in the AFC Championship Game last season, made their moves.

Nope.

The Colts went into the free-agency period with a plan, a plan they weren’t going to deviate from. Grigson said they signed all the players they wanted to get.

"You're competitive, but you can't be competitive in that way where you're watching what they're doing and say, 'We’re going to one-up you.' That makes no sense to me," he said. "We're in our own little world over here with our own vision of the future with our own set of problems and circumstances and things we're trying to work through positionally and needs we're trying to address. And they have a completely different landscape on all of those different teams."

The Broncos loaded up their roster in an attempt to make at least one more run at a Super Bowl with Manning before his Hall of Fame career likely ends in the next couple of years.

The Colts, like the other 31 teams, want to win the Super Bowl, but don’t have a short window to win a title like Denver and New England. Their quarterback, Andrew Luck, is headed into only his third season. Grigson also has to be financially conscious because they’ll have to pay players such as Luck, offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo and receiver T.Y. Hilton sooner than later.

"It's a team effort when we bring guys into the building," Grigson said. "We really attack it like a team and at the end of the day, we stick to our plan and our vision. Again, it's forward thinking and always looking ahead and not necessarily living in the now even though we feel like Super Bowl XLIX is something that we can attain. With the quarterback that we have and the young players around him, you want to build for sustained success. It's something that you have to stay disciplined in day in and day out."

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