These NFC players in Wild Card Weekend that will become free agents after the season could potentially join the Indianapolis Colts.
As stated before, the Indianapolis Colts and Chris Ballard have a full slate of tasks at hand. The biggest, obviously, is who will be the leader of this franchise moving forward. Whoever that may be, may still be leading their current team to the Lombardi trophy. But that’s a conversation for another day! Whomever it may be could be bringing some of their players with them, and those players will potentially be on the field this weekend.
Good thing the Colts have the opportunity to watch from afar. Over previous seasons, Chris Ballard has been fairly conservative in regard to signing new free agents. Stephon Gilmore is the biggest name from the previous season to be added. That approach has its benefits, but if the Colts’ GM wants to avoid a complete roster rebuild, getting in front of the evaluating process should start this weekend.
Shaping the roster to get back to competitive nature again, depends on the personnel and scheme moving forward, so we’ll primarily look at key positions that factor in where the Colts lacked, outside of the quarterback position.
These NFC players could be Colts in 2023.
Isaac Seumalo, Guard, Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Eagles are home to one of the, if not the best offensive lines in football. Snagging a player that’s garnered experience playing next to one of the best centers in football history, is a huge IQ move for the linemen-needy Colts. Indianapolis struggled to block this season and Isaac Seumalo could provide a big improvement for Indy.
Ross Dwelley, Tight End, San Francisco 49ers
Another good-by-association situation, Ross Dwelley doesn’t make too many insane plays but being in the tight end room with one of the greats, George Kittle, you have to at least take a peep. A pass-blocking tight end improves the efficiency in Indianapolis on an offensive line that looked like a turnstile for most of 2022.
Garrett Bradbury, Offensive Lineman, Minnesota Vikings
A former first-round draft pick, a change of scenery for Garrett Bradbury seems to be a necessity. If the Colts are in serious trade talks prior to the draft or are looking to clear some cap space, Bradbury would be a team-friendly replacement if Ryan Kelly is moved elsewhere.
Jamel Dean, Cornerback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A premiere cornerback for a strong defense. Stephon Gilmore is on the wrong side of 30 and there are not a lot of viable options to play opposite of him. Dean fills that role and allows more utilization of Isaiah Rodgers in other defensive opportunities.
Tony Pollard, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys
Imagine pairing an elite running back in Jonathan Taylor with someone like Tony Pollard. A speedster out of the backfield with immense pass-catching ability. It would be an insane 1-2 punch for the Colts and their already cemented run-first mentality.
Oshane Ximines, Outside Linebacker, New York Giants
An edge rusher with potential. Oshane Ximines has only recorded 6.5 sacks in his career. However, his talent is opening up a door to a breakout, and it would be ideal to capitalize by signing Ximines, especially on a cheap deal.
Poona Ford, Defensive lineman, Seattle Seahawks
What a name. A run-stopping savage in the trenches. Defensive line depth is imperative, a commodity to success. Ever heard the phrase, “Football is won in the trenches”? Add Poona Ford to play alongside Grover Stewart, DeForest Buckner, and Kwity Paye it’ll seem like every game is thanksgiving with all the run-stuffing taking place.