2. Dre Kirkpatrick
If the Colts are serious about challenging in the AFC this year — their signing of Philip Rivers was a clear indicator that is the case — they could look toward proven veterans for depth in the secondary. Former longtime Cincinnati Bengals starter Dre Kirkpatrick fills that bill.
The 30-year-old was released this offseason and has yet to be scooped up. He’s never been named to a Pro Bowl, but he’s a genuine playmaker, as evidenced by his 10 career interceptions and 65 passes defended.
At 6-foot-2, Indianapolis could ask Kirkpatrick to line up against physically imposing receivers in the red zone.
He has a total of 67 starts under his belt and might be willing to sign a short-term (team friendly) “prove it” contract in search of his first ever playoff victory. On paper, this seems like a perfect match, so the Colts should really give the eight-year vet a ring. He’s certainly put up a better profile of work than Rhodes in recent years.