OLB Paul Kruger- Plain and simple this guy messed us up in the playoffs this year. While alot of people consider this guy to automatically resign with the Ravens, keep in mind these things. He and Chuck Pagano have a relationship. The Colts have the 3rd most cap room in the league going into free agency. Hes only 27 years old and at 6'4 270, that's just the size that Pagano's looking for.
FS Ed Reed- Again with his connection with Pagano and the money we would be getting from the release of Freeney. Hes already expressed interest in either coming to Indy or New England as his top 2 landing spots. I think we sign him on a 1-2 year contract and let him develop the rest of the safeties.
SS Jairus Byrd- While this is a long-shot to some, I believe we can get it done. The Tom Zbikowski experiment didn't work out the way we had planned. While he was better, Joe Lefeged didn't impress me that much either. Byrd's asking price is going to be high as he will have numerous teams calling his name. In Buffalo they run a 4-3 defense, however I think Byrd will have no problem transitioning into a 3-4 defense. The one thing I'm scared of though is him going to Philadelphia for a reunion With Chip Kelly.
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie- Speaking of Philadelphia, I think getting DRC would be a good deal for both. His time in Philadelphia didn't exactly go as planned, and after last years collapse, he wants a fresh start. Why not let it be with us. Alot of people forget that when he was in Arizona he was a pro bowler and at only 27 years old hasn't even entered his prime yet. My only concern with him would be his deep cover skills, but besides that, hes one of the more underrated free agents at his position.
DE Michael Johnson- The one word that comes to mind when I think of Michael Johnson is BIG. At 6'7 hes surprisingly quick for his height. In his first year starting he turned alot of heads amassing 11 sacks. While a good portion of those are because of Geno Atkins and the secondary, Its still a respectable number. At only 25 years old, the sky's the limit. Hes a very underrated prospect in free agency being overlooked by guys like Atkins and the rookie Burfict.
OT Sam Baker- While I would love to say Clady here, I know hes going to resign or is out of our price range. But we could get a very solid right tackle right here in Sam Baker. Hes been protecting Matt Ryan for the last four years and I haven't seen any problems there. He only 27 years old and in my decision could do us alot of good. Getting him or Volmer would free up our first round draft pick and we can use it elsewhere.
OG Andy Levitre-The bills haven't been to the playoffs in I don't know how long and I don't care who you are, after a while you get sick of losing. With the frustrations of Bills and our cap room, anything can happen.
RB Chris Ivory- Vick Ballard went from nobody to a fan favorite last year. While he did a great job, we had no consistent backup. That's where Chris Ivory comes in. Year after year I see New Orleans get these explosive running backs but don't use them to run the ball. So that's why I say we take a chance in a very explosive Chris Ivory and see what he can do.
Pat McAfee- One of the best in the league
Darius Butler- He really stepped up last year
Deji Karim- I like him as a kick returner
Winston Justice- Hes a solid backup
Fili Moala- If he can stay healthy he would be really solid.
RD 1 I thought about putting Eric Reid here, but id rather get a safety out of free agency, so Ill say Johnathan Hankins, so he can stop that run.
RD 3 Giovani Bernard- Hes only a sophomore, so alot of teams will pass on him because of that.
RD 4 Tyrann Mathieu- A bit undersized and some character issues, but I'm thinking Janoris Jenkins
RD 6 Tharold Simon-We need a little more help in the secondary and I really like his size for a cornerback
Somebody I really like is Kiki Alonso, he plays strong side linebacker.
* This is a repost from my other article at colts.com