With Rashaan Melvin and Quincy Wilson likely playing on the outside next season, the Colts need to acquire a cornerback that can play in the slot this offseason.
One weakness in the Colts secondary that they need to address is at the nickel cornerback position.
With the spread offense movement in the NFL, slot cornerbacks have never been more important, and general manager Chris Ballard wouldn’t have to spend much money to get a solid player to fill that spot in free agency.
Nickell Robey-Coleman played on a one-year $855,000 contract last season, and his dominance in the slot was a major reason why the Rams had one of the pass defenses in the NFL in 2017. Robey-Coleman filled up the stat sheet with 2 interceptions, 9 pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery last season.
Robey-Coleman wasn’t just a one-year wonder. He had 2 interceptions, 7 pass breakups and 2 touchdowns in 2016; and he had 18 pass breakups over the first two seasons of his career combined.
The NFL still undervalues the slot cornerback position, and the Colts could possibly get one of the most underrated cornerbacks in the league for around $1 million a year. If the bidding stays low on Robey-Coleman again this offseason, I’d be fully onboard with signing him to a long-term deal.
Here are some other possible free agent targets for the Colts this offseason:
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