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+