One of the things I keep hearing from Colts
fans is that we have a bunch of cap space and that the Colts should spend to get all kinds of big names like Revis and Wallace. I honestly don't think the Colts should do that. I think that is a short-sighted vision that would not only hurt the Colts in the long run but also in the short run.
There are plenty of good players out there that play great but don't have the big name and the big money that goes along with that big name. Those are the kinds of players that the Colts need. As the old saying goes, "Never put all of your eggs in one basket." Injuries are certain to occur on every team. And if you have an injury occur to one of those big name players and you've sunk a ton of money on them, then you are sunk. Then if later you have to get rid of that player due to injuries like the Colts had to do a few years ago with Bob Sanders
, you have to eat a ton of money for quite a while and end up in the horrific dead money situation that Bill Polian left Ryan Grigson.
I don't care if the team has big name guys. What I care about is the overall strength and depth of talent of the team. For example, this becomes extremely important with a unit such as the offensive line. Every year there are always numerous injuries on a team's offensive line. I'd rather have several good players than one great player on that offensive line so when a player goes out, they can replace him seamlessly without hardly hurting the strength of the offensive line at all.
Normally how good a team does depends on how good of a job the next man up does. The Colts need to add depth of talent at those positions where injuries are most likely to affect a team.
Veterans are great to add to a team, but the kind of guys I'd like to see added to the team are guys that still have a lot left in the tank. The Colts need players that can support the team for several years, not be with the team for a year or two and retire or mainly sit the sidelines out injured.
I liked the decision of the Colts to pick up Vontae Davis. The Colts got him at a reasonable price and got a talented player with about 3-4 years of experience that could stay with the team for a long time. These are the kinds of players we need. If you compare Davis to Revis, Davis cost the Colts less than $1 million last year. Revis would cost the Colts around $9 million. Cromartie would cost the Colts over $8 million. That's the price of 8-9 players of Vontae Davis's
quality. I'd rather have 3-4 guys the quality of Davis than have 1 guy the quality of Revis or Cromartie.
Other than the quarterback, big names might help you sell jerseys but they don't win you Super Bowls. Team depth usually helps you win Super Bowls.
I'm not totally opposed to hiring a big name, but he'd better be well worth the cash and he'd better stay healthy. I just think most of the time, they aren't worth the cash that they ask for.
Let's not repeat the mistake that Bill Polian made.
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