Looking back on the 2014 season, one of the most important free agent signings the team made happened to be a late free agent signing of a safety who filled a big need. Is it possible that repeats itself in 2015?
The Colts signed Dwight Lowery a bit later in the free agency period this year, but it was a signing that was desperately needed when considering the safety position for the Colts. Mike Adams was brought back in free agency, but the other safety spot was a huge question mark. Colt Anderson, who was also re-signed, looked like the most likely player to fill the spot, but that wasn't a great option. Then the team signed Dwight Lowery, who immediately became the projected starter and who has the potential to be a very important free agent signing when we're looking back at this year's offseason moves.
In his eight year career, Lowery has played in 82 games (starting 54), spending time with the New York Jets (2008-2010), Jacksonville Jaguars (2011-2013), and Atlanta Falcons (2014). He has notched 259 tackles, four sacks, 50 passes defensed, 12 interceptions (two touchdowns) and seven forced fumbles in his career, and in 2014 with the Falcons Lowery started 15 games (playing in all 16), recording 79 tackles, a sack, five passes defensed, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles.
Lowery isn't the best safety that you'll find, but he should do a solid job filling one of the spots for the Colts alongside Mike Adams and could wind up playing a key role on the defense, providing an upgrade from LaRon Landry. The Colts will need to work on developing younger safeties (like Clayton Geathers, who they drafted this year), but for the time being their safety position should no longer be the biggest worry on the team, because at the very least they have two solid veterans in Mike Adams and Dwight Lowery as their starters.