The number of people screaming at the Colts for not signing free agents is amazing to me. I know on the internet it is tough not to come off as a smartass, but I'm actually asking a legitimate question.
Who should the Colts have signed in FA thus far, at the number they have received? In other words, who have the Colts missed on?
Starting with Defense....
NE's deal for Hainsworth is low risk, but I really don't feel like he fits on the team culture wise. Perhaps I'm reading too much into that, but I don't think he'd do well with they type of culture here in Indy. 5 mil is a lot to pay him as well for a DT for the Colts. If you look at the other DT's that have often been talked about, Coefield charged the Redskins the Dan Snyder tax and got 6 mil per. The Mebane deal isn't bad, but again, 5 mil per is probably about 1.5 - 2 mil more per year than the Colts are going to be able to spend on a DT realistically.
Other defensive players, Nnamdi is a reasonable price, but is a.) not the type of corner the Colts typically use, and b.) they had a ton in Hayden when that deal went down. I don't think they could have swung it because of that. I can't track down Quintn Mikell's deal numbers right now, so not sure about that. Eric Weddle as the highest paid S in the league? I think the Colts can't match that. Dawan Landry deal info wasn't available yet either.
On offense, I don't mind Ocho. However, I think he doesn't fill a need for us. He's at BEST he's a poor mans Reggie. He doesn't have the speed of Collie, Gonzo, or Garcon. Clark and Tamme both run better inside routes against better matchups (vs. LB's) The only RB FA worth signing for the Colts they signed (Addai) because of his knowledge of the offense. I supposed there are a couple of OL that you could justify, but it doesn't make much sense give that they are trying to bring CJ back as a G or RT and with the 2 rookies that they want to get on the field.
The only contract I know of that I say the Colts "missed" on was Okoye. I would have liked to see him here for 1 year.
FA's still available that the Colts could get? Shaun Cody DT as a run stuffer. Pat Williams in the same role if he can be coaxed out of retirement (rumor) Donte Whitner as a 3rd S option. Matt Light as a temporary T for a year or 2 (played Left for NE but would be a good RT for less than Diem's money especially)
Please respond and tell me what you think. I would like to know.