5 first-year Colts who could be gone in 2023
The Indianapolis Colts added a lot of players last offseason but some of those players will be gone after just one year in Indy.
Every offseason, teams add a ton of players in hopes of improving. Between free agency, the draft, and trading, there are plenty of opportunities to add new players. Unfortunately, these additions don’t always lead to long partnerships. For one reason or another, a lot of acquisitions are on their way out the door as fast as they came in. With a new offseason, the entire process starts all over again.
Last offseason, the Indianapolis Colts were active, making what they thought were necessary additions. The Colts were hoping to contend for a Super Bowl, so they added quite a few veterans that were expected to help. However, Indianapolis finished the season 4-12-1 and some of those veterans were underwhelming. As Indy tries to regroup, it will be doing so without some of the guys that just joined the team last offseason.
Let’s take a look at five first-year Colts players who could be finding a new team in 2023.
5. Offensive lineman Dennis Kelly is likely done with Colts
Dennis Kelly signed with Indianapolis last offseason and was viewed as a veteran offensive lineman that could be a quality depth piece and maybe even challenge for a starting spot. Prior to coming to Indy, Kelly had played nine years as a tackle in the NFL. He spent three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, five with the Tennessee Titans, and one with the Green Bay Packers. The hope was that his experience would help Indy’s offensive line.
As we know, that wasn’t the case. Not only did the Colts have one of the worst offensive lines in the league but Kelly barely got snaps on offense. He finished the season playing in 16 games and starting three offensively, however, there was only one other game that Kelly didn’t start where he received offensive snaps. This lack of playing time came with Indy constantly switching around offensive line combinations as they struggled all year.
If Kelly couldn’t get snaps this year for the Colts, there’s a very slim chance that he returns for another season.