The first day of free agency is now over, and it was an absolutely crazy one across the league. No team was more active than the Indianapolis Colts, however, as they made a number of moves in an effort to win now.
They can't address all the needs in one day, and so there's a lot to like from the Colts' free agency haul right now, and we've got a full recap for you in case you missed any of it yesterday. First, let's look at the re-signings:
Joe Reitz, Offensive Lineman
Reitz agreed to a three-year extension with the Colts. Here's what we wrote:
Ultimately, this is a good move for the Colts, as at worst Reitz provides very good depth and at best he can be a starter for the Colts when they need him to be. He likely won't enter training camp as the team's starter at any spot unless there is an injury, but he's a valuable depth lineman who has plenty of experience and can step in and start when need be. He's an underrated player and this is a great move by the Colts to bring him back.
Cam Johnson, Outside Linebacker
He officially signed his exclusive rights tender. Here's what we wrote:
He can provide pass rush and has some talent, but so far in the NFL he hasn't really shown that. But as an ERFA, it wasn't a bad move to bring him back for another year to compete in camp, where hopefully he will show some pass rush skill that the Colts could use.
Mike Adams, Safety
The Colts re-signed their starting Pro Bowl safety. Here's what we wrote:
This was a deal that absolutely had to get done for the Colts, and the necessity of it was increased even more as some of the Colts' free agent safety targets agreed to deals with other teams. They previously didn't have a single starting safety on their roster for 2015, so bringing back Adams back to play one of the starting safety spots was a must. There was mutual interest and the Colts got it done, and that's a very good thing.
Colt Anderson, Safety
The Colts reached a new deal with another safety yesterday as well in Colt Anderson. Here's what we wrote:
Of course, there's also this reality right now: Colt Anderson is probably the second-best safety on the roster right now and, if they were to start the season right now, it might be Anderson starting alongside Mike Adams. That just goes to show you how much of a need the Colts still have at the safety position (and how crucial it was for the Colts to keep Adams), and it might be something the Colts have to address in the draft. We'll see how they continue to address the position, but this was a good move today to bring back a key special teamer and depth safety in Colt Anderson.
And here's a look at those new additions that the Colts made:
Trent Cole, Pass Rusher
The Colts added longtime Eagles pass rusher Trent Cole. Here's what we wrote:
Cole spent the first ten seasons of his career with the Eagles, playing in 155 games (starting 145) and notching 569 tackles, 85.5 sacks, 14 passes defensed, an interception (returned for a touchdown), and 19 forced fumbles, along with making two Pro Bowls. Ryan Grigson is familiar with him from their time spent together in Philadelphia, and considering both the Colts' need at pass rush and the fact that they had Cole in for a visit on Monday, this move makes sense.
Frank Gore, Running Back
This is a good move for the Colts. Though Gore will turn 32 years old this May, he's been a very productive running back who hasn't missed a single game in over four years and who still can play and who drew some interest this offseason. He will likely be the Colts' starting running back and be the lead guy in a committee of backs that might include Boom Herron. The Colts needed to address the running back position and they did so in a notable way by adding one of the league's most consisted running backs over the past decade.
Kendall Langford, Defensive Lineman
The Colts added defensive lineman Kendall Langford as well. Here's what we wrote:
Obviously, this move doesn't prevent Redding from returning, but the fact that the Colts signed a guy to likely play defensive end on the first day of free agency is significant. And according to Omar Kelly, Langford is a very good player against the run. Either way, they've now addressed their defensive line on what has been a crazy day filled with a number of moves for the Colts.