The Colts didn’t spend a ton of money this offseason, even though they had the most salary available in the league. But his frugal spending sets them up for future success.
Chris Ballard has been steadfast in his approach as GM since he took over the team in 2017. He wants to build through the draft and not spend a lot in free agency. He wants to save salary cap space so he can pay his draft picks once they start to develop.
That mindset is why the Colts didn’t go on a spending spree this offseason, even with the most cap space in the NFL. He is thinking down the line of what his players might command once they develop. He has players like Andrew Luck, Darius Leonard, and Quenton Nelson in mind.
Those players will all command large salaries when their current contracts are up. Luck would be up first, and they will pay him handsomely. The Colts want to have enough cap space available so they aren’t strapped for cash when it comes time to pay any of these guys.
Because of that, they will be set up for future success as long as they keep drafting well. Having players develop into studs is great, and having the cap space to keep those studs is even better. Ballard has done an excellent job navigating the finances so far.
It remains to be seen if this strategy eventually leads to a Super Bowl title. But Ballard has made a lot of right moves so far in his tenure. It’s only a matter of time before they are knocking on the door of a championship.