The offseason could be one of the most wild in recent memory. Expect a ton of trades to go down, free agents to make impact decisions, and rumors to be aplenty. That alone should get fans thrilled for the coming weeks/months. But not every development is going to get you jazzed up.
The Indianapolis Colts are armed with a ton of cap space heading into free agency and need to fill plenty of voids and take care of some of their own guys. Atop the docket sits quarterback, left tackle, cornerback and pass rusher. Though the Colts still have a promising roster, they’re going nowhere if they don’t address those voids.
So why in the WORLD is ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler suggesting Indy go after free-agent tight end Hunter Henry? What’s even more mind-boggling? Fowler’s top two free agents — Dak Prescott and Trent Williams — are a QB and a left tackle, and he has them as best fits for the Panthers and Jaguars. HOW?!
Quite literally the LAST thing the Colts need is a high-priced tight end when they are still saddled with Jack Doyle’s contract and have an emerging stud in Mo Alie-Cox. We’re sorry to criticize, but did Fowler watch one snap of Colts football this past year? We know Trey Burton was somewhat valuable as the third tight end, but this team doesn’t need to experiment with that again.
Fowler says the Colts need to add a “new dimension” at tight end and let Doyle “handle the dirty work.” Last time we checked, Doyle can still receive as long as he’s healthy, and this team is thin at wide receiver with TY Hilton hitting free agency. The backfield is set with Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines and the wide receiving corps needs one more addition to aid Michael Pittman Jr. and Zach Pascal.
We haven’t even gotten to the worst part! Henry, who is 26 years old and is expected to be the most expensive option at his position, has played in just 55 career games since debuting in 2016 due to a litany of injuries.
Also, who ranked ahead of him in receiving yards this past season? Oh, only Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, TJ Hockenson, Mike Gesicki, Mark Andrews, Noah Fant, Logan Thomas, Evan Engram, George Kittle, Rob Gronkowski and Dalton Schultz.
Thanks for the suggestion, but we’ll take it from here, ESPN.