Quinton Jefferson could be a nice budget add for Colts in free agency

It’s clear that the Indianapolis Colts need help along the defensive line, and Seattle’s Quinton Jefferson could be a great addition at his market value.

Free agency is just over a week away, and for the Indianapolis Colts, it presents an important step in the offseason process. With almost $90 million in cap space, general manager Chris Ballard could be gearing up for a run at a big ticket free agent or two to get the Colts back to the postseason.

However, we know Ballard doesn’t like breaking the bank, and prefers the draft-and-develop method of team building, along with sprinkling in a few budget free agent signings. There’s one free agent that could be a huge help at a position of need. That player is Seahawks defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson.

Jefferson was a fifth round pick back in 2017, and went to the Rams practice squad before returning to Seattle. He put together a solid 2019 season. In 14 games, he had 3.5 sacks, four tackles for loss, 10 quarterback hits, three passes defensed, and a fumble recovery. Those numbers may not jump off the page, but as Pete Carroll talked about in his presser at the combine, Jefferson “had a very, very good year” and exceeded expectations when it came to production.

Jefferson mostly played 3-technique for the Seahawks in 2019, aligning just outside of an offensive guard’s shoulder. That is something Ballard talked about in his year-end presser for the Colts, stating “we’ve got to be able to get some more interior pressure” and “The 3-technique drives this thing”.

Jefferson would be an excellent fit based on all of that, as aligning at the 3-technique is clearly his strength. He brings pass rushing upside to the table, and at just 26 years old, his best football may be ahead of him.

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Currently, Spotrac has his market value set at $5.1 million per season. This is a very beneficial signing the Colts can make without breaking the bank, and adds an effective pass rusher in the process. It hardly makes the defensive line a finished product, but signing Jefferson would be a great start for Ballard.

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