As the Indianapolis Star reported on today, we still have no idea if there will be football in 2011.
In less than two months, the CBA will expire. If it does, players say they will show up to work anyway. If they do, the owners have one of two choices: Let them work, or lock them out.
Without a CBA, that means, according to the Star, 'no free agency, no trades, no access to the team facility for players interested in working out or in the midst of injury rehabilitation.' This means that until we get people to sign a new agreement, get those fantasies of Nnamdi Asomugha in a Colts uniform out of your head.
It also means that the Colts likely cannot re-sign any of their own players who are not under contract for 2011. After the jump, we have the list of those players.
I'm leaving Peyton Manning off this list because even though he is a free agent, just as water is wet and the sky is blue, the Colts are indeed going to re-sign Peyton Manning. The only mystery to this is how much will they sign him to, and what conditions will Manning demand at the bargaining table.
As for everyone else:
Free Ggents Who Should Be Re-Signed
He's 27 and coming off a season where injuries kept him out of eight games. He did up his yards per carry to 4.3 running behind a putrid offensive line, and he one of the best pass blockers the Colts have at the RB position.
He's coming off his best season of his entire career, connecting on 93% of his field goals. Even at 37, he's still one of the most clutch kickers in the NFL. Such players do not grow on trees.
Solid back-up who can play four offensive linemen positions, including left tackle. He battling numerous injuries in 2010, but managed to play through and start in 15 games. His re-sign price likely won't be high.
The best defensive tackle the Colts had in 2010. When he started the last four games of the 2010 season, the Colts surrendered an average of 80 rushing yards a game. When he didn't start, the team gave up 140 a game. Unless the Colts plan to draft a stud DT, re-signing Mookie might actually be a priority.
Bob Sanders is likely gone from this team in 2011. Safety in the draft might be a priority. Regardless, retaining Bullitt is a must seeing as he is a quality player with big game experience. Also, he's only 26 years old. The only red flag is his chronically injured shoulder finally landed him on IR. If the shoulder continues to bother him, he isn't worth re-signing.
Free Agents Who May Or May Not Get Re-Signed
Wonderful success story. Was playing Arena II football in 2008 before supplanting Mike Pollak as the starting guard. Had to re-win his job this past year, and did so. If the Colts do not sign a veteran free agent guard, or draft a higher quality guard in the earlier rounds, re-signing DeVan becomes a priority.
Just a solid all-around player who can play both WILL and SAM backer spots. Also very dependable on special teams.
Fan favorite who proved that he still has some gas left in the tank. His infectious personality rubs off on teammates, and seems to give the colts offense a boost. He led the UFL in rushing, and after playing four games for the Colts, he averaged 4.6 yards a rush.
Free Agents Who Shouldn't Get Re-Signed
Regressed mightily in 2010. Muir consistently was mauled at the point of attack, and his style of play does not seem to mesh well with Fili Moala, who is more naturally suited for Muir's under tackle position.
He's a tight end who cannot catch nor block. Decent special teams player.
Solid special teams player, but is simply not a good safety.
Excellent special teams player, but coming off knee injury.
To this day I still do not know how he's managed to stay on this team. Nice person, but he can't rush the passer and is only decent as a run stuffer from DE position.
Other free agents like Javarris James, Al Afalava, Ken Hamlin, Chip Vaughn, Taj Smith, Nate Triplett, Cornelius Brown, Mike Newton, Mike Richardson, and Michael Toudouze are all likely to not get re-signed. Of this group, I'm partial to Javarris James. He had 6 rushing TDs as a rookie, and if the Colts are tired of seeing Mike Hart consistently appearing on the injury report (as he does every year), Javarris is another option worth exploring.