3 former Colts players we’re glad are gone, 2 we wish stayed

Taking a look back at Indy's roster turnover over the past couple seasons.

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3. Brandon Facyson

Facyson's another player that the Raiders took off the Colts' hands. After signing a two-year, $6.5 million deal last offseason, the cornerback missed most of the season on injured reserve. When he did play, it wasn't particularly well, and Las Vegas is already back in the market for secondary help.

Maybe once he gets the chance to play a full season, the Colts will regret the move a little more, but right now it's hard to imagine too many Indy fans missing him.

2 former Colts players we wish stayed

1. Bobby Okereke

After playing the first four years of his career in Indianapolis, Okereke signed a big deal with the Giants in the 2023 offseason and proceeded to have the best season yet. He ended the year tied for 8th league-wide in tackles (105), first in forced fumbles (4), and 13th in assists (38); he also had a career-high three sacks, and had the lowest missed tackle percentage of his career.

It's a level of production the Colts' linebacking group sorely could have used this year.

2. Shaquille Leonard

This one is more for nostalgia reasons than football ones. Leonard was one of the best Colts' players in the last decade, making the All-Pro team each of his first four seasons while finishing each of those years with over 120 tackles.

He never had a better season, sack-wise, than his rookie year (7.0), but was the model of consistency during some lean years in Indy. Injuries made the decision to move on from him easy, but at only 28, it's fair to wonder what could have been if Leonard stayed healthy and with the Colts long-term.

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