Three missing pieces the Colts need to be contenders in 2024

The Indianapolis Colts are a few pieces away from having a championship roster. This offseason, Chris Ballard needs to focus on three positions.

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2. A safety

Another secondary position is a major hole for the Colts. While Indianapolis didn't give up the big play on too many occasions, the secondary was a clear issue. Julian Blackmon took a step forward but outside of the free safety position, the secondary still struggled in key moments. Ronnie Harrison Jr. struggled late in the season and Nick Cross isn't a clear answer at strong safety.

Just like with the corners, safety is a major part of the Gus Bradley defense. The Legion of Boom only worked well because of Earl Thomas and his ability to cover the entire field of play. Kam Chancellor was another big reason for the success of Seattle's defense from 2010-2015.

The Colts can solve this issue by looking at some free agents just like with the corner position. Some notable upgrades would include Antoine Winfield Jr. who had success throughout his career. He's also an excellent tackler making him basically a fourth linebacker on the field for the Colts. Xavier Mckinney could be another player whom the Colts can target. The Giants may look to sell off some assets and may not bring back the young safety on a big deal. Even more important is Mckinney has made over 90% of the tackles he's attempted making him a great fit for the Colts fast defense.

Justin Simmons could be another veteran Indy could sign to a one-year deal. Although I'm biased as I've been a big fan of Simmons for a long time, Simmons still has something left in the tank and could give the Colts some good secondary play in 2024.