The Indianapolis Colts finished the season on Sunday and that means some players have played their last game in a Colts uniform.
After just four wins, 12 losses, one tie, two head coaches, and multiple quarterback changes, the season is finally over for the Indianapolis Colts. After being one of the most underwhelming teams in the NFL, the Colts have arrived at a much-needed offseason. If Indy uses the offseason effectively, the team will make the necessary personnel changes that will have Indianapolis in the playoffs this time next year. Much of the anticipation of the offseason is about possible additions but pieces that leave the team are also a huge factor.
While Indianapolis will be working to add a lot to the team, including a head coach, Indy will also be losing its fair share of pieces. With a new head coach being hired, it’s possible that the entire coaching staff could be replaced. From a player perspective, the Colts have 11 players set to be unrestricted free agents. Between the players that Indy won’t re-sign and the players that Indy decides to cut or trade, there will be quite a few names that won’t be returning to Indianapolis next season. Let’s take a look at three of those players.
3. Brandon Facyson shouldn’t be re-signed by the Colts
Brandon Facyson was signed by Indianapolis last offseason, and after a rough year, his stint with the team will likely be over. His signing made sense last year because of his history with defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. Facyson had played under Bradley with the Chargers and the Las Vegas Raiders. It only made sense that he followed him to Indy as well.
His experience in Bradley’s system gave him the upper hand in a training camp battle with Isaiah Rodgers. However, once the season started and Facyson and Rodgers were splitting snaps, it was immediately clear that Rodgers was the better corner of the two. However, Facyson was still getting more snaps early in the year. This led to fans making weekly complaints to start Isaiah Rodgers.
Eventually, Gus Bradley and the Colts got on board and started Rodgers. With both Rodgers and Stephon Gilmore under contract for next season, it seems unlikely that Indy would re-sign Facyson this offseason. Especially since he struggled in his one year with the team. If he does return, it will probably be on a team-friendly contract for depth purposes. However, fans would probably just prefer Indy goes in a different direction for depth at the corner spot.