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2014 NFL Free Agency: Targets at wide receiver for the Colts

Stampede Blue's free agency series discusses potential players the Indianapolis Colts should target when the new league year begins March 11th.

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Lovely readers, I hear you and understand that, for many, the mere suggestion that the Colts will target a wide receiver in free agency is considered an affront to humanity and akin to me asking if I could sleep with your wife while you watch. I get it. Some of you don't think it's a priority.

It is.

The getting a wide receiver, I mean. Not sleeping with your wife stuff.

Our free agent target series isn't about who we think Colts general manager Ryan Grigson will spend his nearly $33 million on this offseason. Quite honestly, we don't have a lot of faith in Grigson's judgement of veteran free agent talent, and neither should you.

Thus, we have this little series where we can politely suggest players the Colts should sign.

Here were our first suggestions, which were all wide receivers:

Emmanuel Sanders, Pittsburgh Steelers

Sanders had only 5 dropped passes in 2013 and had a 63% catch percentage, per Pro Football Focus. The year before, he had only 3 dropped passes and a 63% catch percentage. He's extremely good on catch-and-run plays, using his quickness and speed to make defenders miss.

Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants

The injury concerns are legit, and it is very possible that Nicks is "done" in terms of being an elite NFL player. However, Nicks' injury history will very likely drive down his free agent price tag, making him an intriguing player for a team like the Indianapolis Colts, who are looking to improve their wideout depth.

Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks

In 2012, he had an impressive 16 tackles broken or avoided. In 2013, Tate led the NFL with 21 tackles broken or avoided with 21.

Jerricho Cotchery, Pittsburgh Steelers

Even though Cotchery himself is entering his 12th season - and, as a result, doesn't really fit the need of a player who could "replace" Reggie Wayne - his steadiness is exactly what the Colts need. Also, because of his age, he's unlikely to demand a large contract.

Obviously, not every single player here will get signed by Indianapolis. However, if one does, that person would provide an instant upgrade at a critical position of need. Regardless of how Grigson wants to build his team, the engine that makes it go is Andrew Luck. He need wideouts to make plays when he throws them the ball. It's that simple.