I know its early, but I just can't help myself. We all know Mr. Polian and co. are not the biggest players in free agency. With the Colts cap situation, they simply do not have the luxury to throw away big money like other teams owners, Dan Syder *cough cough*. So, I took the initiative to look at a few affordable players in the upcoming free-agent market that could help the Colts, and since some of these players will be resigned Im adding multiple players for each position of need.
Jovan Haye DT
Strengths- Haye comes from a similar defensive scheme in Tampa Bay. He led all NFL defensive lineman with 97 tackles in 2007 and has experience playing DE as well.
Weaknesses-He is a RFA (Bucs still havent made any push to resign him), may be slighty more than Polian is willing to shell out, and has a meager 285 playing weight.
Larry Tripplett DT
Strengths-Ok, we all remember this guy. He knows the system and was a very productive player during his final season in Indy.
Weaknesses-Hasn't shown much in his stops between Buffalo and Seattle.
Ryan Sims DT
Strengths/Weaknesses-Another player from the Bucs defense. Knows the system and has good size(6'4' 315). Not a great starter, but would provide some much needed depth.
LB's-After witnessing the sloppy tackling of lbers all season, any upgrade in this area couldn't hurt. However, after the Bart Scotts and Angelo Crowells of the world who are likely to command top dollar, there is a huge dropoff. A Clark Haggans type player might contribute, but Polian might be better served building this need through the draft.
CB's-If Kelvin Hayden is resigned and Marlin comes back healthy than I don't see a need to change this position. However, if Hayden is not retained Dominique Foxworth and Jabari Greer would be decent options. Both are young and Greer plays in a Cover 2 designed system in Buffalo.
OG-Although the combination of Lilja's return and the improvement of Richards/Pollack should be enough to fix the OL, Polian should not depend on this. Injuries are commonplace in the NFL and there has to be a next man up. If they cannot perform than a veteran like Kynan Forney could bolster the line.
Devery Henderson WR
Strengths-After spending a few years in the Saints high-flying offense, Devery has proven to be a tremendous deep threat, something the Colts sorely lack.
Weaknesses-Sometimes has a case of the stone hands and drops easy passes.
Bryant Johnson WR
Strengths-Good height at 6'3' and proved to be a reliable reciever behind Boldin and Fitzgerald in Arizona and again in San Fransisco when catching passes from the likes of JT O'Sullivan and Shaun Hill.
Weaknesses-Not a player you would count on to replace a first-ballot hall of fame reciever, but a solid addition to an already promising wideout corps.
Terrelle Smith FB
Analysis-The Colts have never needed a fullback by trade, so why start now you may ask. Well, ever since Peyton's knee injury the Colts running attack has morphed from a timely stretch play based game into a more power based running game. For this transformation to work, a decent fullback is required to help open holes for the RB to burst through.
Darren Sproles RB
Don't know if this really needs explaining, and frankly I'd be shocked if San Diego or some other team didn't pick this guy up immediately, but as a RB and a KR, the man is simply an explosive gamechanger.
Thats all folks. Realistically Polian is not going to go through free agency with a bidding sign, but if he were to address a couple needs on this team with just one or two of these players,it would go a long way in bringing another championship to Indy. Any other players you would like to see in Colts blue, or just think they would add good depth to an already talented team, please feel free to add. Go Colts!