After a crazy busy Tuesday that saw seven players sign deals with the Indianapolis Colts, including notable ones such as Frank Gore, Trent Cole, and Mike Adams, Wednesday was a much quieter day on the transaction front - though there was still one very significant name that was inked.
The Colts signed veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson, who the team was pursuing and trying to sell on coming to Indianapolis Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning and early afternoon. That was the one move they made, though it was a big one.
Johnson is exactly what the Colts needed at wide receiver, and that's why they were pursuing him so much. Some might point to the fact that he will turn 34-years old before the 2015 season starts, but what the Colts needed was a veteran possession wide receiver, and that's what Johnson is. They have T.Y. Hiltonfirmly entrenched as their number one wideout, and he's young and very talented. They also have the young and talented Donte Moncrief and Duron Carter as well, but they don't have a veteran after parting ways with Reggie Wayne. Hilton is the veteran out of the group, and while he's a great guy and great player, they needed someone else to come in and provide that veteran influence, and Johnson is definitely that guy. Plus, he can still be a solid number two receiver for the Colts who can take some of the pressure off of Hilton.
This is a move that the Colts had to make, one they really wanted to make, and one that they got done. In the end, Andre Johnson is now a Colt, and that's a good thing.
Moving forward, it would appear that the Colts have made most of their free agent moves, but from what I have heard they're not quite done yet. So far, though, free agency has been a success for the Colts, as they've added Andre Johnson, Frank Gore, Trent Cole, Kendall Langford, and Todd Herremans, and re-signed Mike Adams, Joe Reitz, Darius Butler, Colt Anderson, and others. The Colts have made some good moves, and that continued on Tuesday with the addition of Andre Johnson.