Potential Colts cap casualty would be a crushing, but necessary move

'Tis the season for difficult decisions.

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The Indianapolis Colts are in a good position this offseason. They have their hopeful franchise quarterback and have the sixth-most cap space in the league, per Over the Cap. That being said, there will still be cap casualties and unfortunately, long-time Colt Mo Alie-Cox could be one of them.

Alie-Cox joined the Colts in 2018 as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia Commonwealth and has remained in Indianapolis ever since. He's coming off back-to-back seasons with under 200 receiving yards and the writing might be on the wall as far as his future in Indy.

Ari Meirov of The 33rd Team wrote about one cap casualty from each team and listed Alie-Cox as the Colts' potential cut candidate.

"Mo Alie-Cox had just 13 catches for 161 yards, the lowest of his career since 2019. Indianapolis Colts coach Shane Steichen appears to have settled on Kylen Granson as his tight end, and the team should also get Jelani Woods back healthy next season."

Ari Meirov

Mo Alie-Cox makes sense as Colts cut candidate

As Meirov mentioned in the write-up, the Colts have Kylen Granson and Jelani Woods to lean on in the tight end spot moving forward so they don't necessarily need to keep Alie-Cox around. Cutting the long-time Colt would save the team $5.9 million and they'd have $0 in dead money to deal with.

This isn't the first time that Alie-Cox has been listed as a potential cap casualty for Indy, as Bleacher Report named him on another cap casualty list last month. That article notes that Alie-Cox is the largest cap hit for Indianapolis in 2024, so it makes perfect sense why he's included here.

It might not be a fun decision for the front office to make considering how long Alie-Cox has been with the team but it's time to part ways and make some extra moves with the money they'd save from cutting the tight end.