Chad Bratzke was one of the better defensive signings the Colts made in free agency. He was not only relatively young when he was signed, but he was able to produce at a high level while he was in Indianapolis. He did so while being on a mostly bad defense.
Bratzke played in Indianapolis for the final five years of his career after spending the first five with the New York Giants. In doing so, he was also able to have the five most productive years of his career while he was with the Colts. He was possibly the most productive member of the defensive line.
In his time in Indianapolis, Bratzke recorded 37 sacks and 46 tackles for loss. He was the most productive pass rusher for the Colts in the early 2000s, although his best year was his first in Indianapolis in 1999 where he recorded 12 sacks. That pass rushing was dearly needed.
When Bratzke was brought in, the Colts offense was just starting to turn into the unstoppable force that it evolved into in the 2000s. By the end of Bratzke’s time with the Colts and the NFL, the offense had come into its own and had made the whole team formidable.
While Bratzke’s contributions might be forgotten by most, it is important to remember what he did for the franchise in his time with the team. The same can be said for the next guy on this list as well.