After the cardinals game if you had asked me 'What is the most important position the colts need to upgrade in the off season?' I would have immediately responded: Interior line. However, now the interior line is gelling and I am so happy, yet so mad at the same time. On one hand, thank god Andrew Luck is finally getting some protection. On the other hand, my off-season plan is ruined.
Thornton and Nixon are improving and Reitz is looking like a player that needs to be re-signed for depth. Combined with Thomas coming back from injury I'd say Guard is pretty much set for next year.
So, with the Guard position locked up the colts need to replace Samson Satele with one of the many talented free agent centers, right? Well, I don't know if any of you guys noticed, but KHALED HOLMES IS PLAYING EXTREMELY WELL in limited action as a 6th lineman. He looked great to me, so I checked ColtsAuthoritys series where they evaluate every offensive lineman on every snap and they thought "He didn't look good- he looked fantastic". I would hate for the Colts to sign a Free agent center on a long term contract when there is a cheap replacement on the team, but I would be equally angry if the colts didn't solve the problem at center(if holmes doesnt pan out) and Luck gets killed again next year. Therein lies the problem...
Do the Colts put faith in Holmes as the future center and simply add some more depth to the offensive line by re-signing reitz and finding some other solid backup lineman in Free Agency? or do they go all in for a Free Agent center like Alex Mack, but also potentially waste holmes talent?
This conundrum isn't only applicable to the colts offensive line, or even only applicable to football:
Do you choose the known commodity or the less proven, but cheaper and potentially better option?
When I say "better" I don't mean that Khaled Holmes is going to be more talented than Alex Mack(he might, but it's doubtful). I'm just saying I'd take an above average center on a 4 year 2.48 mil deal over an elite center on a 6 year 34 mil deal.
So, do the colts roll the dice with a 2nd year center and 2nd year guard and potentially stick their franchise player behind an average to below average offensive line again? Or get at least one known commodity who will take up at least 4 mil of cap space?
I say roll the dice and save FA money for Jarius byrd or Brandon Spikes and some improved depth.