Colts: The perfect free agents for Indianapolis’ top needs

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 27: Head coach Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 27: Head coach Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
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The Indianapolis Colts will have tons of cap space for the second season in a row, as Chris Ballard and Frank Reich chose not to spend a ton of money last offseason in the name of making a more complete, robust Indianapolis roster by building through the draft.

Now that the division is severely weakened following the Tennessee Titans losing Arthur Smith and the Houston Texas screwing up Deshaun Watson, the Colts should seize this prime opportunity as a chance to make some noise in the AFC South.

Indianapolis is far from a finished roster after the Carson Wentz trade, as they could use some reinforcements on the offensive line, perimeter players on both sides of the ball, and one more edge rusher to replace Justin Houston.

These free agents might cost quite a pretty penny to bring in, but the Colts should throw caution to the wind in the name of building a winner for the next half-decade.

These 4 free agents are perfect for the Indianapolis Colts

Yannick Ngakoue, Colts
ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 16: Yannick Ngakoue #91 of the Baltimore Ravens (Photo by Bryan Bennett/Getty Images) /

Edge Rusher: Yannick Ngakoue

Ngakoue might be close to joining his fourth team in less than a year. Ngakoue started 2020 with the Jacksonville Jaguars. but was traded to the Minnesota Vikings after refusing to play for the Jags. After getting traded to Baltimore, Ngakoue came alive, making himself a valued member of that defense.

While Ngakoue had a solid season that saw him total eight sacks, it was far from the dominant campaign many expected he would have. That could help the Colts get him at a slight discount.

How will Yannick Ngakoue help the Colts?

Nkagoue’s ability to bend the edge on the outside and use his power to knock offensive tackles down on their butt will be a welcome sight in Indianapolis, as Matt Eberflus often just rushes four down linemen and expects them to get pressure.

Ngakoue has recorded at least eight sacks in every season that he’s been a professional, and that consistency should help him get a long-term contract this offseason. If he plays his cards right, he could join Indianapolis and instantly join a contender for the 2021 season and for the next half-decade as a whole.