The Colts have already signed two of their pending free agents. They still have several more decisions to make. This one involves a key member of the defensive line.
Margus Hunt was signed a couple of years ago in free agency. He had spent his previous season in Cincinnati. But since he has come to Indianapolis, he has played very well, and even found a new position along the defensive line.
Hunt was paired with Denico Autry to man the defensive tackle spots in the middle of the line. His play along the inside was able to stop running backs in almost every game they played this season. It also allowed for a new strategy to emerge in terms of pass rushing.
Hunt had the best year of his career in 2018. He recorded 5 sacks and had 30 total tackles. Both were career highs. There were times during the season where Hunt took over games. He would wreck the offensive line and stop a running back or sack the quarterback easily.
Because of his strong play, there is no reason to suggest that the Colts won’t re-sign him. He has become a very valuable member of the defensive line. His play on the inside has become integral to the way the Colts scheme with the rest of their defense.
Hunt deserves to have his play rewarded. He should get a decent amount of money to come back to Indy. If he does make his way back, the Colts defense will be stronger for it. I would expect him to have a similar year next year, if not a better one.
Locking up good lineman has been what Chris Ballard has wanted to do. This gives him another chance to do so. I would be surprised if Hunt even hits free agency. A deal could be done just a couple weeks after the Super Bowl.