1. Sign Leonard Floyd
If the Colts really wanted to make a championship statement, they would go out and sign outside linebacker Leonard Floyd in free agency. You might be thinking “championship statement” doesn’t qualify as a sneaky signing, but Floyd really struggled fulfilling his potential as a former No. 9 overall pick before he enjoyed a breakout campaign with the Rams this past season.
With the likes of Denico Autry and Justin Houston set to hit free agency, Indianapolis will be in the market for an edge rusher. While there are some box office names — like JJ Watt, Bud Dupree, Shaquil Barrett and Jadeveon Clowney, among others — getting set to field offers from potential suitors, we would absolutely endorse the Colts signing a player of Floyd’s caliber instead.
Leonard Floyd, a potential Colts target, enjoyed a career year with the Rams.
Not only was he incredibly productive for the Rams in 2020, but chances are he’ll cost significantly less than some of the aforementioned names.
For the season, Floyd posted career-best numbers across the board, including 55 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 19 QB hits and 30 pressures. At 28 years old, he’s smack in the middle of his prime and would offer the Colts needed versatility to their front seven, as he could line up at both linebacker or on the defensive line.
That could prove to be invaluable, with starting linebacker Anthony Walker also likely to depart in free agency. Signing Floyd would probably end up as a high-profile signing in the grand scheme of things, but the narrative surrounding him over his four underwhelming seasons in Chicago no doubt qualifies him as an under-the-radar move that the Colts should make.