The Indianapolis Colts have some obvious needs on the roster that they can turn to free agency to fill.
The 2021 season hasn’t exactly been the best for the Indianapolis Colts so far, as they’ve had their ups and downs. Regardless of how they finish the season out, it is evident that this is far from a perfect roster.
Throughout the year, poor performances have become more of a pattern among some position groups, so it would be wise for the Colts to upgrade them during the offseason. One of the ways they can do that is through the draft, but the other is free agency.
Fortunately, this is a loaded free agency class and the Colts will be well equipped to recruit. Indianapolis is projected to have just under $85 million in cap space heading into the offseason, the seventh most in the league. That means they will have the necessary funding to aggressively pursue free agent players.
While the final decision will ultimately come down to the players, the Colts must do everything possible to make Indianapolis a great destination for free agents. Here are four players the Colts should aggressively pursue in 2022 free agency:
4. Colts should pursue Tackle Terron Armstead
While Indianapolis has the best interior offensive lineman in Quenton Nelson, they haven’t been as strong at the tackle position. The current left tackle is Eric Fisher, and his contract expires at the end of the season.
The Colts could make a big splash in free agency by signing Terron Armstead. For the better part of the last decade, Armstead has been one of the best tackles in all of the NFL. In eight and half seasons for the New Orleans Saints, Armstead has played in 91 games, effectively protecting the quarterback.
Armstead is just 30 years old and has been relatively healthy, so he will command a big payday— somewhere between $15-$20 million annually. Indianapolis has the money to extend an offer that could convince him not to re-sign with the Saints. They also could pitch the idea of lining up with Quenton Nelson to block for Jonathan Taylor, creating one of the most powerful rushing attacks in football.