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Indianapolis Colts: Day 1 Free Agency Recap


Andrew Aziz

The Indianapolis Colts were busy on day 1, and they spent a lot of money on some important areas. Photo Credit: Sports Talk Florida

Here's a recap of what the Colts did on day 1:

- Re-signed kicker Adam Vinatieri to a 2 year, 5M dollar deal.

- Signed former Ravens defensive lineman Arthur Jones to 5 year, 33M dollar deal.

- Re-signed cornerback Vontae Davis to a 4 year, 39M dollar deal.

- Re-signed safety Sergio Brown to a 4 year deal worth an undisclosed amount of money.

- Re-signed running back Ahmad Bradshaw to a 1 year deal worth an undisclosed amount of money. The monetary value should be somewhere between 1.2 and 1.75M.

- Safety Antoine Bethea went on to sign with the San Francisco 49ers.

- Running back Donald Brown went on to sign with the San Diego Chargers.

All in all, it was an eventful day for the Colts, and although they did solidify some areas, they took a hit in one area.

Let's start with the good:

The Colts were able to keep Vontae Davis as their #1 cornerback, and not worry about that position for at least a few years. Davis performed well last season and he's only 25 years old, which means he's entering his prime very soon. They paid a lot compared to Alterraun Verner, but it was worth it. He's comfortable with the system and he likes the team. It was a good signing, and if he plays at a pro bowl level, it's worth it.

Keeping Adam Vinatieri was a must, and they did it. Although he may look like he could be your grandfather (and he isn't, I don't think), he still has plenty of juice in his leg, and can still make some big kicks. It was a weak class and the draft wasn't looking very good either. They got him at a cap friendly deal that should keep him with the Colts until he retires.

They also kept Sergio Brown and Ahmad Bradshaw, which were two good re-signs. Brown was a special team ace for the Colts last season and provides good depth at the safety spot. Bradshaw was a productive member for the Colts early on, but was injured in the first half of the season and never saw the field again. However, he impressed the coaches and front office enough to give him another contract.

The Colts decided to go after Coach Pagano's former defensive lineman, Arthur Jones. When Jones was playing under Pagano, when Pagano was the defensive coordinator of Baltimore, he was a backup and did not see the field too much, however the potential was there. Last year, that potential was on display, as he had a very impressive season with the Ravens and was one of their best players on defense. He has improved a lot, and he is still very young. They gave him a very generous deal, but he was arguably the best 5 tech defensive end on the market, so it makes some sense. He'll need to earn his contract, and he should be starting accross from Cory Redding next season (and rotate with Ricky Jean Francois).

All in all, the Colts were able to keep some key players, and they were able to shore up and solidify their defensive line, which is important. They need to have a good defensive line in order to succeed in a 3-4 defense.

As for the not so good:

The Colts lost Antoine Bethea, and that leaves a big hole at safety. The Colts had a consistent, productive player in Bethea, so losing him is not easy. The best safety on the market is either Chris Clemons or Ryan Clark. Either would be suitable replacements, but nevertheless, there is a big hole that must be filled at safety.

Also, the Colts still need to find a center that will replace Samson Satele, because I highly doubt the Colts are comfortable moving forward with Khaled Holmes slated as the starting center.

There was more good than bad on day 1 for the Colts.

3 Biggest Holes (in order):

- Center (Current projected starter: Khaled Holmes)

- Nose Tackle (Current projected starter: Josh Chapman)

- Safety (Current projected starters: Sergio Brown and Laron Landry)

Grade for Day 1: B+


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I think Delano Howell would start over Brown at S, but that's not as bad.

 

Overall, I loved it, though.  It was bittersweet seeing Antoine and Donald go, but necessary.

 

I'm okay with filling the holes at center and safety through the draft.  Both will have enough talent available to us in Rounds 2, 3 or 5.

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I don't understand the love for Antoine Bethea. He has lost so much foot speed and range. He is essentially a box safety now, and with Landry on the roster there is/was no room for Bethea. No one wants to see Landry lined up as the center fielder anymore.

I appreciate what he gave to the Colts, but it was clearly time to move on. And good for Bethea getting PAID by the niners.

I am just really glad the Colts kept Davis... now the draftbis shaping up nicely to fill needs (safety, nose, center, receiver and backup qb, in no particular order).

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I don't understand the love for Antoine Bethea. He has lost so much foot speed and range. He is essentially a box safety now, and with Landry on the roster there is/was no room for Bethea. No one wants to see Landry lined up as the center fielder anymore.

I appreciate what he gave to the Colts, but it was clearly time to move on. And good for Bethea getting PAID by the niners.

I am just really glad the Colts kept Davis... now the draftbis shaping up nicely to fill needs (safety, nose, center, receiver and backup qb, in no particular order).

For me, I'd just rather have Antoine over Landry, but not at that chunk of change.  Sheesh.

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The problem is not losing Bethea, although I did really like him.

The problem is now the Colts need to replace him with someone just as good.

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For me, I'd just rather have Antoine over Landry, but not at that chunk of change. Sheesh.

I don't see it... Landry is younger and brings way more big play potential.

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The problem is not losing Bethea, although I did really like him.

The problem is now the Colts need to replace him with someone just as good.

Or at least just better in coverage.  Asking someone to replace his leadership and presence against the run is asking too much at once.

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My guess? We go for Mack next. If we get him, we draft a FS in the second. If we don't, we find a cheap center and either draft or go for a FS in free agency.

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Day 2 was quiet as well. I don't think our "gaping holes" are as gaping as we're all scared of. Delano Howell and Khaled Holmes could turn out to be eventual-starters, but it's difficult to gauge the FO's faith in them.

 

I'm still all for bringing in another S and C though, haha.

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Day 2 was quiet as well. I don't think our "gaping holes" are as gaping as we're all scared of. Delano Howell and Khaled Holmes could turn out to be eventual-starters, but it's difficult to gauge the FO's faith in them.

 

I'm still all for bringing in another S and C though, haha.

I agree on both fronts.

 

I'm not worried at all and wouldn't even be heartbroken if the Colts didn't spend another dime in free agency.  Obviously if they bring in Alex Mack that would be awesome, but similar to Marshawn Lynch, "I'm 'bout this draft, boss".  Anything we need can be addressed in this crazy deep draft.

 

If they want to upgrade at C in the draft, Marcus Martin, Weston Richburg, Travis Swanson and Gabe Ikard may all be upgrades.  Honestly, they could even maybe take a true G like Gabe Jackson and make him into a monster C as long as he's got the mental aspect down to be the general of the offensive line.

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