Colts Free Agent Watch: Donte Moncrief
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INDIANAPOLIS – “If you want that money, go ahead and get it.”
The T.Y. Hilton quote from above was said to Donte Moncrief, as the 2014 third-round pick entered a contract year.
Moncrief is going to get paid in the coming weeks, but nowhere near at the level that many thought he would coming into the 2017 season.
An inconsistent Moncrief, quarterback issues and a late-season injury all factored in to Moncrief having an extremely underwhelming 2017 campaign.
Moncrief had 26 catches for 391 yards and 2 touchdowns in 12 games last season.
Shoulder and ankle injuries have kept Moncrief off the field for 11 games over the last two years.
In 2016, Moncrief still was a major red-zone presence, hauling in 7 touchdowns in 9 games.
But Moncrief was hardly a factor in the Colts’ offense at all last season, which had to have left an impression on general manager Chris Ballard.
Yes, the Colts had issues around Moncrief not helping his cause in 2017, but his individual play was at a level that Ballard could very well want no part in bringing back into the Indy locker room.
Now, at the age of 24, Moncrief is still going to be an attractive free agent for teams thinking they can tap into the impressive athletic ability and the flashes that he showed from 2014-16.
This past year was supposed to be the breakout campaign for Moncrief, when he would cash in as the perfect complement to all the attention that is thrown at Hilton every week.
But now teams are taking a risk in offering a contract that will be more about trying to find that uncorked potential, versus shelving out money for actual production.
Percent I’d Bring Moncrief Back: 45
-Seeing free agents leave the Colts and find success in other stops typically isn’t too much of a worry. But it would be with Moncrief. My 45 percent number has to be higher than most people, and probably higher than the Colts. Like I said above, when Chris Ballard hands out re-sign contracts, he does so very cognizant of the sort of message those deals have inside the locker room. What type of message would re-signing Moncrief send? My thinking is that a 24-year-old Moncrief is going to go somewhere else and prove to be a more consistent wideout. The Colts are barren at the receiver position outside of T.Y. Hilton and Chester Rogers. Losing Moncrief would also mean one of the only ‘bigger’ targets on this team is now gone. It is probably time though to let Moncrief walk and then get into the high-end wideout market in finding a new/taller complement to Hilton. But do not be shocked if Moncrief goes elsewhere and finds success.