Ok, so we have all basically been doing this since the Colts were bounced out of the playoffs, but let's play GM for a minute. These are the moves that I would take if I was sitting where Grigson is sitting now:
- Re-sign Butler, Moala, Justice, McAfee, Fokou, and Tevasue to market value, ~2 year contracts. Each of these players, outside of McAfee, should be signed as solid depth, but not as starters.
- Sign Vasquez, R. Foster, and G. Schwartz - It is no secret that the interior of the Colts line was abused throughout the season. Signing a stud in Vasquez, a good but inexpensive player in Foster, and a very nice swing guard in Schwartz would definitely allow Andrew Luck to do the unheard of; step up into the pocket.
- Make a run at signing either Loadholt, Cherilus, Vollmer, or Bushrod - See which of these players we can get at market value and not overpay for. This would really solidify the RT position, and would allow Justice to step into the preferred swing-tackle role.
- Sign Mike DeVito - He is a very nice 3-4 DE that should come at a reasonable price, and would be a huge upgrade for our line.
- Sign Victor Butler - To me, he is a player that will produce much like the much over-hyped Kruger, but will come at about 1/4 of the price.
- Sign Keenan Lewis or Brent Grimes - Both are excellent in bump and run coverage. Grimes would come cheaper, but also has less tread left on the tires and is coming off a major injury. I do think he could be the value steal of the offseason though if he comes back healthy.
- Draft a combo of WR, Pass Rusher, and SS with our first 3 picks in the draft - I really like Keenan Allen in the the first round for a multitude of reasons. One, I would love to pair a young #1 type receiver with Luck and let them grow together, a la Marvin Harrison. Two, skill position players are much more expensive in FA than other positions, such as guard, so going this route and signing o-line in FA saves us much more money than if we signed someone like D. Bowe and then drafted o-line. I don't really see the value being there at pick 24 for a pash rusher or SS, but if someone dropped I would gladly go with either of these positions as well. One player to keep an eye on is J. Jones, who would probably be a top 5 pick if not for worries about his spine. However, it seems that it really isn't a problem, and I think he could be an absolutely game changer and may very well be there for our pick.