Key Decisions Coming On Colts Pending Free Agents
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts will head into the 2018 offseason with some of the most cap room of any team in the NFL.
But an amount of that cap space will undoubtedly need to be spent on a few/several of the team’s own 2018 free agents.
Here are some key Colts who could hit the open market in 2018:
- K-Adam Vinatieri (45): The ageless wonder wants to play another season. And the Colts should be more than willing to pay the extra price on Vinny. The guy is still kicking it a very high level and gives this team such much-needed veteran experience.
- RB-Frank Gore (34): It’s been a hell of a three-year run for Gore in Indy. The indestructible future Hall of Famer didn’t miss a game at a position group where the Colts had so much revolving from 2012-14. But Gore deserves to move on to a definite playoff team and the Colts would be well served to go out and find another young running back to go along with Robert Turbin and Marlon Mack.
- DB-Darius Butler (31): Like Gore, Butler has had a really nice tenure in Indianapolis. Since the Colts signed Butler in 2012, he’s been a versatile defensive back with some timely ball skills. Maybe the Colts see Butler as a one-year veteran piece in the secondary. However, there’s probably more reason to let the young options develop in the back end.
- QB-Scott Tolzien (30): It’s hard to see Tolzien returning after his two-year stint with the Colts. Going into 2018, the Colts have options outside of Andrew Luck, with Jacoby Brissett and the newly signed Brad Kaya headlining those backup options.
- WR-Kamar Aiken (28): The one-year deal Aiken signed back in March has not worked out for either party. Aiken has struggled with drops and never became the reliable presence that the Colts thought they were getting last March. Add Aiken to the list of poor wide receiver free agent signings the Colts have had lately.
- CB-Rashaan Melvin (28): In case you missed it, Melvin has teamed up with mega agent Drew Rosenhaus. That’s fitting with Melvin due a nice pay day, which will likely be his only true ‘big’ deal in the NFL. You could argue no Colt played better than Melvin this season and Chris Ballard should have plenty of reasons to bring back this physical cornerback.
- CB-Pierre Desir (27): Like Melvin, Desir impressed this season. Melvin was the headliner in 2018 for this football team, but Desir also did enough to probably merit a re-sign. Both Melvin and Desir would be a nice ‘veteran’ duo to go with the youth movement in the secondary. You do wonder what the market value will look like for Melvin and Desir.
- OLB-Barkevious Mingo (27): Mingo isn’t a starter in this league, but his flashes in 2017 had to have made a strong impression on Chris Ballard. Bringing Mingo back as a reserve outside linebacker makes a lot of sense for the Colts.
- OL-Jack Mewhort (26): Injuries have kept Mewhort off the field for 19 of a possible 64 games, including missing 17 contests the last 2 years. The former second-round pick has expressed a desire to return to Indianapolis. But the Colts could move on, knowing they need proven guys to start for them. If Mewhort is re-signed, the deal would likely be a short-term contract.
- ILB-Jon Bostic (26): Before Bostic went on IR earlier this month, he started 14 games in finally having a healthy year. The Colts need to upgrade at inside linebacker. If Bostic is brought back, it would need to be with the understanding that he’s competing for a starting job at ILB.
- WR-Donte Moncrief (24): This is probably the most surprising case study the Colts have in 2018. Moncrief severely underwhelmed this year, with the quarterback situation not helping out the big wideout. What Moncrief’s market value will look like is another interesting thing to keep an eye on. Might a quiet year for Moncrief limit his suitors, thus making the Colts as a possible return spot? No matter what happens with Moncrief, the Colts need to spend some money at the receiver position.