Indianapolis Colts target best defenseman in free agency, 2 potential options

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After trading Carson Wentz and then making another move to bring Matt Ryan to town, the Indianapolis Colts have already made a massive change at quarterback this offseason. They also added a Pro Bowl passing thrower by trading for Yannick Ngakoue, but as Colts team owner Jim Irsay says, there’s still work to be done this offseason. In particular, adding top talent to defense.

With several accomplished free agents still available, we speculate who the Colts could target. First, the details of what Irsay was getting at.

Chris Ballard considering another monstrous move?

Sitting down for an interview with the Indianapolis Colts team website, Irsay suggested general manager Chris Ballard might have another big move to make in free agency. It’s not mentioned in this quote, but Irsay specifically talks about adding a defender.

“There might be – it would have to be at the right price – an addition that excites some,” Irsay said. “But we will see. Chris Ballard watches this carefully. It has to be the right guy at the right number. One more veteran to come and make a big difference.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay on adding another impact defenseman (h/t to Pro Football Talk)

The Colts traded Rock Ya-Sin in the Ngakoue trade, maybe they’d like to replace his place in the depth chart? It’s a possibility with a few other defensive needs. With more than $20 million to spend, the Colts still rank in the top five in salary cap this offseason, so they should be able to sign whoever they want, if there’s enough mutual interest.

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Indianapolis Colts free agent targets: 2 potential options

We know the Colts are still kicking free agents before the draft kicks off in late April, but who might they consider signing? Bobby Wagner has signed with the Los Angeles Rams since that interview, so maybe he was a possibility, but even so, there are other players out there. Let’s have fun and speculate who they might be.

  • Tyrant Mathieu, S – Somehow still unsigned, the Honey Badger has generated a lot of interest, but maybe its price is too high? Hard to say, whoever signs Mathieu will get a motivated defender who can do a bit of everything at the back.
  • Stephon Gilmore, BC – Long known as one of the best cornerbacks in football, how the hell is Gilmore still a free agent? Many were shocked to see the Patriots offload him for just a 6th-round pick in 2023, but now any team could have him for even less. He may want to play closer to home on the east coast like he has throughout his 10-year career, but Gilmore can still make a difference anywhere in the league for a mystery team in 2022.

That’s it. This is the list. There simply aren’t many top-rated defensemen left in free agency who match the Colts’ current needs. They’ve already addressed their pass-rush and have more depth behind Ngakoue and Kwity Paye with Dayo Odeyingbo, so it’s unlikely to be a rusher like Jadeveon Clowney or Melvin Ingram.

Unless they somehow get involved in another trade, pursuing Jessie Bates, who has yet to sign her franchise tag with the Bengals, there are pretty slim choices. , when it comes to a household name anyway. There is still a lot of depth left.

Still, landing Mathieu or Gilmore would look really good on paper in what has already been a productive offseason for the Colts. Can they pull off another big move? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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Christy J. Olson