Chris Ballard has been taking his familiar approach of slow-playing free agency. But expect him to find some bargain deals here soon.
Free agency is exciting for fans because proven players get a chance to switch teams. The problem is that they are all looking for more money than what they made previously. That could lead to some bad value deals with certain teams paying too much for a player.
Chris Ballard has made sure that the Colts are not one of those teams. He has shown the patience to not blindly throw money at a player and have a bad contract. Even though he has a lot of money to spend, he has done so diligently, making sure he gets a good value.
Doing that, he has been able to find some players late in free agency without having to pay them a lot of money. Players like Margus Hunt and Eric Ebron were not highly sought after when they entered free agency, but were signed to good deals and have had huge impacts.
Expect Ballard to do the same thing this season. The Colts have been relatively quiet except for their loud signing of Justin Houston. The only other move outside re-signing their own guys was bringing in Devin Funchess. But there’s no doubt he isn’t done yet.
I wouldn’t be surprised to hear some news of signings start to trickle in before the draft. They probably want to get a few more positions shored up before the draft so they know exactly what kind of prospects they are going to go after.
Keep an eye out for news, as anything that happens we will react to it as soon as it is reported.