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Indianapolis 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' 2014-15 season is officially over, as they came so close and yet so far away from reaching their ultimate goal of the Super Bowl.  They made it to the AFC Championship game, but in that game they were embarrassed by the New England Patriots, losing 45-7.  As such, the Colts enter this offseason with the same goal they had last offseason, and that is build to beat the Patriots.

The Colts definitely took some strides forward this year, but they're still not a great team and still have a lot of needs that should be addressed this offseason.  Of course, we'll be covering all things Colts in-depth this offseason as it pertains to free agency, the draft, and everything else, but here's a brief primer to get you started with some of the basic information you need to know.

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

  • Reggie Wayne, WR
  • Cory Redding, DE
  • Hakeem Nicks, WR
  • Matt Hasselbeck, QB
  • Darius Butler, CB
  • Fili Moala,DE
  • Joe Reitz, OL
  • Josh Gordy, CB
  • Sergio Brown, S
  • Andy Studebaker, LB
  • Colt Anderson, S
  • Mike Adams, S
  • Ahmad Bradshaw, RB

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

  • Jerrell Freeman, LB
  • A.Q. Shipley, OL
  • Matt Overton, LS
  • Delano Howell, S
  • Daniel Herron, RB

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

  • Josh McNary, LB
  • Cam Johnson, LB
  • Xavier Nixon, OL
  • Daniel Adongo, OLB
  • Michael Hill, RB

DRAFT PICKS:

This will change with trades and with compensatory picks, but here's how the Colts' draft picks currently stand:

1st round (29th overall)

2nd round (61st overall)

3rd round (93rd overall

4th round (125th overall)

5th round (157th overall)

6th round (189th overall)

6th round (192nd overall) - acquired from Seattle Seahawks in exchange for Marcus Burley

7th round (219th overall) - acquired from Dallas Cowboys in exchange for Caesar Rayford

7th round (221st overall) - traded to San Francisco 49ers in exchange for Cam Johnson

OFFSEASON NEEDS (in no particular order):

Running Back

Wide Receiver

Offensive Line

Defensive Line

Inside Linebacker

Pass rusher

Cornerback

Safety

Kick/Punt returner