Every year, it’s always a frenzy to sign the best free agents on the first few days of free agency. But the Colts will likely keep it cool early.
Last year, the Colts’ first free agent signing was Denico Autry. That was a name that most Colts fans had never heard before. He ended up being one of the key signings as he had a big impact on the defensive line when he was healthy last season.
There were no big names signed early or anything like that. Expect that to be pretty much the same this time around. Chris Ballard likes to let the market cool a bit before they go after their big targets. He also typically doesn’t go after big names anyway.
The only reason that would change is because the Colts still have the largest amount of cap space available in the league. But they also had a large amount last season and opted to not use nearly all of it. But there are better free agents available this year.
Landon Collins is a name Colts fans have heard a lot about since his time in the league. They screwed up in not drafting the Alabama product in 2015. They have an opportunity to fix that this time around and sign him to a long-term deal.
Pass rushers will also be available. The biggest name the Colts might end up signing could be Justin Houston or Dee Ford. Both are in Kansas City where Ballard came from. He is very familiar with both players, and might feel a little better giving one of them a long-term contract.
The beginning of free agency is just a week away now. It is always a very exciting time in the league. This year is no different for Colts fans.