3 low-profile free agents Colts should retain
By Jerry Trotta
1. George Odum
The Colts’ season was full of pleasant surprises, but George Odum’s emergence on defense might have been the biggest of them all. He didn’t play regularly on D until Week 8, but he forced his way into the lineup from there on out.
While Odum was consistent all year, when he really turned heads was his performance in the win over Arizona in Week 16. With Indy down a host of starters, Odum stepped up and turned in the best game of his career.
Odum’s closing speed might be the best on the defensive side of the ball, and it aligns perfectly with how the Colts deploy their safeties. It’s helped him recover to break up deep balls and close gaps against the run.
With Odum, you also get an All-Pro special teamer. Even with his increased role on defense after Julian Blackmon’s season-ending injury, Odum still finished with nine special teams tackles, the ninth-most of any player in the NFL.
A restricted free agent last offseason, the Colts were lucky to keep Odum after he was only tendered at a right-of-first-refusal level. As an unrestricted free agent this time around, though, he’ll be free to sign with any team.
Assuming Odum is open to re-signing, the front office better do whatever it takes to see to it that he’s back in Indianapolis.