To get rid of Jerry Hughes when he is coming of his best season (by far) is quite astounding. I know he was terrible in his first few years, but Pro Football Focus thought he played over his value (contract wise)and to have his best year in a 'what have you done for me lately league', this may turn out bad for Colts.
He looked better in 3-4 than 4-3, as he racked more sacks. Which means one thing: Sidbury has to translate into at least a decent player.In my opinion, Hughes was a decent player in 2012 and he may not of reached his ceiling yet.
Sheppard has been criticised as a poor coverage player over the years. Lucky for him then, he's joining a divison with Schaub, Locker and Gsbbert- QBs not even close to elite. So this seems like a contextual trade by Grigson : we aren't in a passing divison, so lets get run defenders. The Colts have continued the same theme from the start of free agency to now, and bringing in Sheppard (a run stopper) for Hughes (a pass rusher) is a symbol of this offseason.
It is savvy- Colt's really want to beat divison rivals and beat run first teams....I don't know if this strategy will work when we verse Broncos though.