2018 Free Agents To Watch For Colts
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INDIANAPOLIS – We are 6 weeks away from the start of free agency.
While Chris Ballard is cautious in wanting to spend a lot in free agency, he’s got the resources this offseason for quite a few signings.
The Colts enter the 2018 offseason with some of the most cap space of any NFL team.
Here is a look at NFL.com’s top free agenets, with my thoughts on 8 names to watch for the Colts:
- QB-Jimmy Garoppolo (49ers)
- QB-Kirk Cousins (Redskins)
- QB-Drew Brees (Saints)
- RB-Le'Veon Bell (Steelers)
- DE-Demarcus Lawrence (Cowboys): If the Colts do indeed bring Dallas linebackers coach Matt Eberflus to Indy as the new defensive coordinator, this connection is obvious. Now, Lawrence actually making it to free agency is probably unlikely considering teams very eager to re-sign their young/elite pass rushers. Lawrence, who is 25 years old, had 14.5 sacks this past season.
- WR-Allen Robinson (Jaguars): Coming off a torn ACL, Robinson will be a very interesting case study when free agency rolls around. Jacksonville needs a prominent receiving weapon for whoever their quarterback is in 2018. But if Robinson hits the open market, the Colts should have plenty of interest in the taller receiver.
- QB-Teddy Bridgewater (Vikings)
- DT-Sheldon Richardson (Seahawks)
- DE-Ezekiel Ansah (Lions)
- WR-Jarvis Landry (Dolphins): Landry has caught 400 balls and hasn’t missed a game in his first 4 NFL seasons. Will the Dolphins want to shelve out the money for Landry or will the former second-round pick hit free agency?
- WR-Sammy Watkins (Rams): The Rams acquired Watkins from the Bills just before the start of the 2017 season. Watkins only caught 39 balls in 15 games last season with the Rams. This trio of receivers should attract quite a bit of attention in the next month or so.
- CB-Lamarcus Joyner (Rams)
- CB-Trumaine Johnson (Rams)
- QB-Case Keenum (Vikings)
- OG-Andrew Norwell (Panthers): It’s not the deepest offensive line group hitting free agency in 2018. This former undrafted free agent was an All-Pro this past season. Norwell could be in line for a big pay day come March.
- CB-Malcolm Butler (Patriots)
- DT-Dontari Poe (Falcons)
- RB-Dion Lewis (Patriots): Hello, Josh McDaniels? When healthy, Lewis has been a dynamic, versatile weapon in New England. The Colts need to diversify their running back group and Lewis would certainly help them in doing that.
- OG-Justin Pugh (Giants): Pugh has battled some injuries lately. The 2013 first-round pick has position flexibility on the offensive line, something the Colts desperately need as they bolster their trenches.
- OT-Nate Solder (Patriots): Another connection with the new head coach of the Colts. Solder was taken a few picks before Anthony Castonzo in the 2011 NFL Draft. Would this veteran duo become the new tackle pair in Indianapolis?
- QB-Sam Bradford (Vikings)
- DT-Star Lotulelei (Panthers)
- CB-Bashaud Breeland (Redskins)
- S-Morgan Burnett (Packers)
- RB-Carlos Hyde (49ers)