According to the latest reports, the Colts are looking to add some talent to their backfield by going after Dion Lewis in free agency.
Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Colts are one of the teams that will potentially be interested in acquiring Patriots running back Dion Lewis in free agency. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk was the first and only person to predict the whole Josh McDaniels situation, so he must have some solid sourcing in the Patriots and Colts’ organizations.
You can check out our full free agent profile of Dion Lewis where we break down his skillset and how well he would fit in Indianapolis.
The Colts have decided to move on from Frank Gore this offseason, which leaves a fairly large void in their backfield. Marlon Mack‘s usage is expected to take a jump in Gore’s absence, but Frank Reich’s offenses in Philadelphia preferred to use a running back by committee philosophy and I’d expect that to be the case in Indianapolis as well.
I think there is a decent chance that Robert Turbin gets cut this offseason, and that would make the Colts’ backfield even thinner heading into free agency and the draft.
General manager Chris Ballard said he likes what he has in Matt Jones and Josh Ferguson during his press conference at the NFL Combine, but I think he’d be fairly aggressive in adding talent at the running back position. If the Colts do go after a free agent running back with Dion Lewis’ level of talent, it may take them out of the Saquon Barkley sweepstakes in the draft.
We’ll see how this all shakes out over the next couple of weeks, but signing Dion Lewis could have some major implications for this team.
Here are some other possible free agent targets for the Colts this offseason:
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