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Colts reportedly "will make a run at" OG Louis Vasquez

According to the Union-Tribune San Diego, the Indianapolis Colts "will make a run at" San Diego Chargers offensive guard Louis Vasquez, a move long speculated as one of the players the Colts might pursue.


Back when Brad Wells took a look at which free agent offensive guards the Colts may be interested in, the first guy he listed was Chargers' OG Louis Vasquez. He wrote of Vasquez:

Vasquez fits the part, physically. He's also young (25), and just now hitting his prime. Fans at Bolts From The Blue considered him one of their best offensive lineman in both 2011 and 2012. However, the regime that drafted him in the 3rd round in 2009 is gone, and new general manager Tom Telesco might be looking to rebuild the Chargers offensive line. Vasquez could be looking for a five-year deal worth $30 million, which is a lot of bread for a guard. However, Vasquez excels as a pass blocker, something that was sorely lacking from the interior players in Indy last season. Khaled Elsayed at PFR told me that Vasquez would be an upgrade, but more needs to be seen from Vasquez in the running game.

Of all the free agents guards, Vasquez fits the bill the best in terms of size, overall ability, and offensive "fit."

It looks as if the Colts will make an attempt to land the Chargers' guard. According to the Union-Tribune San Diego (hat-tip to Rotoworld for spotting it), the Colts "will make a run at" Louis Vasquez. While the report isn't official or confirmed, it is as good as anything we have at the moment and would be a huge signing for the Colts. Not only would he fill the biggest position of need for the Colts, but Vasquez would immediately become the largest and best lineman on the Colts. He is a great fit for Pep Hamilton's offensive system and is a great talent - who, as Brad pointed out, is only 25 years old. Offensive guard is the biggest position of need for the Colts, as protecting Andrew Luck is priority number one, and Vasquez is a very good pass blocker.

The Colts also have connections to Vasquez. As Brad noted, Colts assistant offensive line coach Hal Hunter previously coached Vasquez in San Diego from 2009-2012. The Colts' also hired Jimmy Raye from San Diego to replace Tom Telesco, who is now the Chargers' GM. It makes sense why Ray and Hunter would want to bring Vasquez to Indy; and really, it makes sense why Ryan Grigson, Chuck Pagano, and Pep Hamilton would too. Louis Vasquez is one of the best guards in the NFL and definitely one of the best available in free agency. I'm sure Andrew Luck wouldn't be complaining, either.

If the Colts could sign Louis Vasquez, that would be huge. And it seems as if they are certainly going to make an effort to do so.

Check out Vasquez's player page at the Chargers' official website.