Colts have two players ranked amongst the 50 best free agents in 2024

With several key players entering free agency, the Indianapolis Colts will be challenged by trying to re-sign two of the best available players this offseason.

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2024 is a big offseason for the Indianapolis Colts because some of the team’s best players will enter free agency. On the offensive side of the ball, guys like Michael Pittman Jr., Zack Moss, and Gardner Minshew will be free agents, and defensively, players like Kenny Moore II, Grover Stewart, and Julian Blackmon will be available in free agency.

Evident by these names, these aren’t just some of Indy’s best players, but some of the best players in all of the league. Matt Bowen highlighted that in a recent piece for ESPN, ranking the top 50 players that will be free agents this offseason. The Colts had two representatives: Michael Pittman Jr. at No. 17 and Kenny Moore II at No. 31.

Michael Pittman Jr. and Kenny Moore II named top free agents

Michael Pittman Jr. is coming off his fourth season in the NFL, all with the Colts, and the wide receiver is viewed as Indy’s No. 1 priority this offseason. Coming off the best season of his career, Pittman caught 109 passes for 1,152 yards and four touchdowns in 2023. Bowen highlighted Pittman’s versatility, saying he “can play on the boundary or create vertical matchups from slot alignments. He has the vision to produce on catch-and-run concepts… and he is more than willing to work the dirty areas of the field.”

With a young quarterback, and the way Indy’s wide receiver room is set up, the Colts can’t really afford to lose Michael Pittman Jr. Expect Indianapolis to offer Pittman a contract that represents his value as the team’s No. 1 receiver.

On the other side of the ball, there’s Kenny Moore II. His future in Indianapolis is a bit more questionable. Moore had a bounce-back season in 2023, performing at a level that rivaled his 2021 Pro Bowl season. In 16 games, he recorded 93 tackles, eight for a loss, 1.5 sacks, six pass deflections, and three interceptions (two returned for a touchdown).

He was a sign of consistency and experience in Indy’s young secondary. Additionally, his role is so versatile that it’s worth asking if anyone can do what he does as well as he does. All things considered, it would only make sense for the Colts to re-sign Kenny Moore II.

Free agency isn’t always a straightforward process, though. Moore and Pittman are clearly respected throughout the NFL, so they’ll be getting a nice contract in Indianapolis or elsewhere.