Who can the Colts least afford to lose in free agency?
Free agency is about to be upon us before we know it. The Colts have to make tough decisions just like everyone else. But who would be the hardest free agent to replace?
The Colts have several key free agents they need to decide on. Like everyone else, they have to figure out who can contribute to the team moving forward, and who should be let loose. It will be a wild time, like it always is, when free agency is officially upon us.
Since it is right around the corner, that begs a very critical question; who can the Colts least afford to lose? There are several good candidates, but I think it comes down to just two players. Both happen to be on the defensive side of the ball. They are Margus Hunt and Pierre Desir.
Hunt was brought in a couple years ago and has really played well since coming to Indianapolis. Along with Denico Autry, Hunt wrecked guards and centers all year long in the middle of the defensive line. Losing him would be a crucial blow to the interior of the defense.
Desir has shown flashes of really good play at times. 2018 was his best season by far, and he is in his prime. He has long arms and good size to him, so he can play against bigger receivers. He also has good enough speed where he won’t get burned deep very often.
Both of these players were critical to the success of the defense in 2018. If either one of them left, it would be a big blow to the entire team. But based on the free agent market, the Colts could absorb Hunt leaving easier than having Desir get out of town.
There are plenty of good defensive lineman available in free agency and the draft this year. Hunt wouldn’t be as needed as a tall, long corner like Desir. But hopefully the Colts decide to sign both players back and let them continue their careers in Indy.