Ranking the available free agent wide receivers for Colts in 2023
The Indianapolis Colts can still use help at wide receiver and they can find that help in free agency with one of these wide receivers.
The offseason has officially arrived and the Indianapolis Colts have finally finished their coaching search. With Shane Steichen now in charge, Indy can turn its attention to the rest of the offseason. While Steichen is still finalizing his coaching staff, the major priority for the Colts will be addressing the roster. That, of course, will be done in free agency and the draft.
With Indianapolis having the No. 4 pick, a lot of offseason headlines will be centered on what Indy plans to do at the top of the draft. However, the Colts should be able to accomplish a lot in free agency first. A position group that can be addressed in free agency is wide receiver. Indy is likely drafting a quarterback at the top of the draft and there’s no better way to help a QB than to provide them with weapons.
With Michael Pittman Jr. and Alec Pierce being the main guys under contract, Indy must add more depth and skill to the wide receiver room. Here are five free agents that Indianapolis can look to sign this offseason.
5. Colts can sign Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard’s contract with the New York Giants was officially voided on Wednesday, so the wide receiver is now a free agent. After spending his entire seven-year career with the Giants, Shepard will now be joining a new team. Could that team be the Indianapolis Colts? Maybe, Indy could use him.
Shepard is coming off back-to-back seasons with major injuries. He ruptured his Achilles in Week 15 of the 2021 season and tore his ACL in Week 3 of this past season. So in the last two years, Shepard has only played in 10 total games, catching 49 passes for 520 yards and two touchdowns. However, if he can remain healthy, he’d still be a nice veteran addition to Indy’s wide receiver room.
Unfortunately, Shepard has only played two full seasons in his career and the last one was in 2018. While the availability isn’t promising, the Colts should be able to sign Shepard to a team-friendly deal, and he’ll certainly be productive when available.