5 realistic free agents Colts could sign in 2024

Indianapolis Colts, Chris Ballard, NFL Combine
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5. Christian Wilkins, DL

Finally, we come to one of the biggest names on the free agent defensive line market. The Miami Dolphins would love to have Christian Wilkins back, but on a roster where they have some other notable impending free agents and very little money, it's going to be tough to do. Miami currently has the second-worst cap situation, sitting $31 milliion over the cap.

Wilkins is going to break the bank for some team this offseason, and it might as well be the Colts. The former first-round pick is sound both against the run and in pass rush situations, as evidenced by his impressive 10.0 sacks last year as an interior lineman.

Pairing Wilkins with someone like DeForest Buckner would give Indianapolis a huge lift up front. Not only is Wilkins an elite talent, but he's also dependable. In each of the last three seasons, he's played all 17 games. That's hard to do in today's league, especially as a lineman.

Wilkins is likely to command a contract worth just north of $20 million annually, per Spotrac.