According this dude on Twitter, the Indianapolis Colts are dead set not just on acquiring a new receiver in free agency but making it one of if not the first signing they make. Personally I'm not fond of the idea- Brazill/Whalen/Rogers are solid options at receiver, and I'd prefer drafting a guy in the second instead of likely overpaying a vet- but if it's going to happen, we might as well discuss who we'd like it to be, right? So let's get started, shall we?
- First things first: the guys that are no longer available. Anquan Boldin, Riley Cooper, and Jeremy Maclin have all been re-signed by their respective teams. I don't personally care about Cooper, but Maclin and especially Boldin were guys I would have been okay with Grigson signing.
- Next up, the large, extremely handsome elephant in the room: Eric Decker. Seriously, this dude is straight up man pretty. Pretty good receiver too. The stats have been inflated a little the past two years by Peyton's bionic neck/arm, but even with Tebow Decker was doing well. I'd actually like to have this handsome devil in Colts blue- bet it would bring out the color in his eyes- but I have the feeling he's going to be looking for a pretty big payday. Probably not a Mike Wallace-level payday, but it wouldn't surprise me if someone gave Eric Decker 10 mil a year. Personally I think that's too high- I'd like to see him in more of a 7-8 million range- but if Grigson front-loaded the deal to average 10 but it paid in more of a 6-8 range later on when Luck/Hilton/Fleener/Allen start making big money that could work. Either way, I have a feeling The Neard to Pretty Boy will be the new connection that comes out of this offseason.
- If it's not Decker, the guys I'd like to see the Colts pursue are Golden Tate and Emmanuel Sanders. Both guys have decent hands and are good after the catch. Of the two, I think Tate would be a better fit with Reggie and Hilton. Plus his name is awesome, which totally counts. You don't want to hear the announcers saying a bunch of boring names all game; need that excited yell of "GOLDEN TATE!" to add to the atmosphere of the game. Tate's teammate Doug Baldwin would also be a good option, but his name isn't quite as awesome and he's a RFA so he'd be a little harder to acquire.
- If for some reason those guys are too pricey/not interested in living in the glorious, slightly corn-filled state of Indiana, I think Hakeem Nicks could be an intriguing, slightly under-the-radar guy. His stats have taken a dip the last two years after his back-to-back thousand yard seasons in his second and third year in the league. This means he'll most likely be less sought after than the names above him, and I personally think the biggest reason for the drop in Nicks' stats has been the regression of Eli Manning and the Giants in general. Put Hakeem on a team (Yes I did use his first name here for the rhyme. Sue me.) with a young QB on the rise and other talented receiving threats and I think he can thrive.
- If all of those guys give Naptown the proverbial bird and Grigs refuse to use a pick because he wants it for trading or something, then Julian Edelman and James Jones would be solid backup options. Neither one would be the future #1 or probably even #2 receiver, but both would add a veteran presence and have plenty of playoff experience. Guys like Mario Manningham and Jericho Cotchery would also be decent options if we're getting this deep into the FA pool.
- Next up is the guy that is probably the biggest question mark in this year's FA class: Danario Alexander. I remember a few people around here being on his hype train last year before the Chargers tendered him. Then he tore his ACL before the season and didn't play a single down. From what I've seen I did like the look of Alexander- he also fits my name criteria since Danario is pretty awesome- and since the Chargers weren't willing to commit to him long term before he missed an entire season I doubt he'll be heading back to San Diego (Spanish for whale's vagina if anyone is curious.). He's also likely to be very cheap, which means Grigson could focus the money on defense and a center not named Samson Satele. My biggest problem with it is I'm tired of seeing receivers on a one-year deal, which is likely what Alexander would be signed to. Still, this seems like the kind of gamble/reclamation project Grigson likes to make, so I could see it being an option.
- I feel compelled to point out that Austin Collie is a free agent. Also I miss his visor.
- Lastly, the one guy I don't want anywhere near Lucas Oil next season: Kenny Britt. This guy actually managed to grade out worse than Heyward-Bey on PFF last year. Say what you want about the site, but I personally consider it a red flag the size of Russia if a guy can even come close to being put on the same level as Don't Hand me Babies. I've seen a few people suggest Britt over the last few months, but personally I'd rather see just about any other receiver signed.
Alright, I think that covers just about any receiver worth mentioning and probably a few that weren't worth it. Feel free to suggest other guys in the comments. I apologize for the bad jokes sprinkled throughout that. Not the man crush on Eric Decker though; dude is handsome.