Chris Ballard began introducing some new talent to the Colts secondary last offseason, and he can continue that this year by taking advantage of a strong free agent class of cornerbacks.
If the Colts can convince Rashaan Melvin to re-sign this offseason, they should have a strong pair of outside cornerbacks in Melvin and Quincy Wilson. However, slot cornerback is still a position of need for this Indianapolis secondary this offseason.
Rookie Nate Hairston was the primary slot cornerback last season, and Kenny Moore also got some play there, but neither of them established themselves as reliable starters.
Chicago’s Bryce Callahan excelled in the slot in 2017, and he could be a top target for Chris Ballard in free agency.
The slot cornerback position requires a specific skillset that is often hard to find, but Callahan has the short area quickness and overall awareness that you need to play that position.
Callahan picked off two passes last season with six pass breakups, and he forced a fumble. He’s earned more and more playing time over his three years in the NFL, and I think he’s ready to take on a starting job.
The Colts have plenty of cap space to spend this offseason, and Chris Ballard would be smart to spend some of that money on acquiring a reliable slot cornerback.
Here are some other possible free agent targets for the Colts this offseason:
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