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Brief Colts Offseason Primer

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A brief look at the Colts offseason, including a list of free agents, draft picks, and team needs.

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The Indianapolis Colts 2013 season officially ended with a 43-22 loss in the divisional round of the playoffs to the New England Patriots.  The Colts went 11-5, won the AFC South, and won a playoff game, but they still have a lot of work to do this offseason to improve the team and take the next step.  General manager Ryan Grigson will need to have a better offseason than he had last year and will need to use the money and draft picks wisely.  According to spotrac.com, the Colts will have over $36 million in cap room this offseason, and that could be more depending on whether they decide to cut some players that take up a lot of cap room.  Here's a brief primer of the Colts players who will be free agents this offseason, the draft picks the Colts have, and the needs the Colts have at the moment.  We'll have plenty more analysis as the offseason progresses, but here's a basic primer to get you started.

FREE AGENTS (source: spotrac.com):

UFA (Unrestricted Free Agents) - No restrictions, the player is a free agent and is free to sign with any team

  • Antoine Bethea, S
  • Adam Vinatieri, K
  • Pat McAfee, P
  • Donald Brown, RB
  • Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR
  • Mike McGlynn, OG
  • Ahmad Bradshaw, RB
  • Vontae Davis, CB
  • Jeff Linkenbach, OG
  • Cassius Vaughn, CB
  • Pat Angerer, ILB
  • Aubrayo Franklin, DT
  • Fili Moala, DE
  • Sergio Brown, S
  • Ricardo Mathews, DE
  • Lawrence Sidbury, OLB

RFA (Restricted Free Agent) - the player is a free agent but the team can give a qualifying offer, in which case they have the right of first refusal and can match the offer another team gives the player if they so desire

  • Kavell Conner, ILB
  • Josh Gordy, CB
  • Scott Lutrus, ILB
  • Joe Reitz, OG
  • Jeris Pendleton, DT

ERFA (Exclusive Rights Free Agent) - if the team offers the player a contract, they have no options but to take the contract or not play in the NFL

  • Cam Johnson, OLB
  • Justin Hickman, ILB

DRAFT PICKS:

1st round (traded to Cleveland for Trent Richardson)

2nd round

3rd round

4th round (traded to Cleveland for draft pick in which they selected Montori Hughes)

5th round

6th round

7th round

OFFSEASON NEEDS (in no particular order):

Running Back

Wide Receiver

Center

Offensive Guard

Defensive Linemen

Inside Linebacker

Outside Linebacker

Cornerback

Safety

Kicker

Punter

Kick Returner