Mike Chappell breaks down Colts free agency

Mike Chappell, along with other writers of the Indy Star, put together a fantastic article about the upcoming Free Agents the Colts will have to sift through and he weighs in on if they should be retained or let walk. Also, his group produced a nice graphic of all Colts players and their contract lengths/amounts for each year. Here is a summary, but definitely give them a read:


A list of players whose contracts expire March 11, including a look at the likelihood of the unrestricted free agents returning:


S Antoine Bethea: Probably the toughest decision for GM Ryan Grigson. Still a productive player but turns 30 in July and has a ton of wear on his tires. It's 50-50 at best, and the price has to be right.

CB Vontae Davis: Heavy favorite to be re-signed. First, Grigson gave up a second-round pick for him. Second, he's 25 and a good fit in Pagano's pressing defense.

RB Donald Brown: Where would the run game been without the 2009 first-round draft pick? Management probably won't overpay to retain Brown with Vick Ballard and Trent Richardson under contract, but will make him a reasonable offer.

PK Adam Vinatieri: Anybody notice a decline in his performance? Didn't think so. Make him an honest offer and he'll return. But don't low-ball him.

P Pat McAfee: His fan-friendly persona aside, he's one of the league's top 10 at his position. The question: How much do you pay him? Like with Bethea, the price has to make sense.

G Mike McGlynn: A blue-collar lineman who seems better suited for center than guard. If he returns, it's probably as an interchangeable interior player with a modest contract.

LB Pat Angerer: Injuries have limited his availability and effectiveness the past two seasons. He's given his body for the franchise, but he might have played his last down for it.

DT Aubrayo Franklin: He served a purpose as a one-year stopgap measure, but not a priority to re-sign.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw: It was fun while it lasted, but it didn't last long. Can't see him returning.

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey: One of Grigson's offseason moves that simply didn't work. Time to move on.

S Sergio Brown: His value is on special teams. Interesting to see how much value management places on that.

DE Fili Moala: A good fit in Pagano's 3-4 defense, but probably not an offseason priority.

OL Jeff Linkenbach: Offers value with his versatility and depth always is a concern. We won't be surprised if he returns with a modest contract.

CB Cassius Vaughn: A likeable player, but the type that's easy to replace.

LB Kavell Conner: A good role player, no more. Not a priority.

DL Ricardo Mathews: Can play several spots but young D-linemen always are available.

S Corey Lynch: Another special teams contributor who won't command a big contract. Could be re-signed during the spring.

DL Lawrence Sidbury: Not a priority, but could be re-signed prior to training camp.

CB Josh Gordy and OL Joe Reitz are Restricted free agents, which would require draft-pick compensation if the Colts make a one-year offer.

LB Cam Johnson, LB Scott Lutrus and LB Justin Hickman are Exclusive free agents; if the Colts offter a one-year contract, they can't sign with another team.


S Antoine Bethea, CB Vontae Davis, RB Donald Brown, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, PK Adam Vinatieri, P Pat McAfee, LB Pat Angerer, LB Kavell Conner, G Mike McGlynn, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, OL Jeff Linkenbach, DT Aubrayo Franklin, DE Fili Moala, CB Cassius Vaughn, DL Ricardo Mathews, S Sergio Brown, S Corey Lynch, DL Lawrence Sidbury,


CB Josh Gordy, OL Joe Reitz


LB Cam Johnson, LB Scott Lutrus, LB Justin Hickman.

Exclusive -- providing the team makes the one-year offer, that player cannot talk with another team.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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