The Colts and Ryan Grigson are staying busy as the 2013 NFL league year begins. Just a few minutes after they officially announced deals with offensive tackle Gosder Cherlius and corner Greg Toler, we now have word that they will sign Packers linebacker Erik Walden, Patriots guard Daniel Thomas, and Falcons defensive end Lawrence Sidbury.
Walden is a seventh-year player who spent the last three in Green Bay. He has 9 career sacks. Sidbury is fourth year player with 5 career sacks and 14 career tackles.
The team agreeing with Donald Thomas helps upgrade the offensive line, which was one of the worst in the NFL last season.
Are these moves sexy? Interesting? Worthy of getting excited?
No, not really.
It's all a far, far cry from all the rumors involving players like Andy Levitre, Greg Jennings, and Jake Long. None address the big need of pass rusher, and none really scream "sure-fire starter," which is what you would expect from anyone signed on the first day of the new league year.
All in all, these are puzzling moves.