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Should the Colts re-sign Lance Louis?

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Offensive lineman Lance Louis is set to become a free agent this week, so should the Colts re-sign him?

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The Indianapolis Colts need to address their offensive line this offseason, but that could mean more than simply adding starters.  Lance Louis is set to become a free agent this week, and he has been a solid depth player along the line for the Colts over the past two seasons.  Should they bring him back?

Over the past two seasons, Louis has played in 20 games with the Colts and has started ten of them.  He started seven games in 2014 (six at right guard, one at left guard) and started three in 2015 (two at left guard, one at right guard), as he was named the team's starting left guard to start the season as Jack Mewhort moved to right tackle.  After just two weeks, however, due in large part to the struggles on the interior of the line between Todd Herremans, Khaled Holmes, and Lance Louis, the Colts made several changes to the lineup.  Louis was pulled as a starter in favor of Mewhort at left guard, as Hugh Thornton took over at right guard and Joe Reitz at right tackle.  Later in the season, Louis made one more start at right guard but was largely relegated to a depth role.

In that role, Louis isn't a terrible option, as he is versatile and has experience.  When the Colts need a guy to step in, he has done ok, but at the same time they could stand to improve their depth up front.  If they make moves to add a starter or two (whether it be in free agency or in the draft), then the previous year's starters would become depth players, thus giving the Colts better depth and not necessitating the re-signing of Lance Louis.  That doesn't mean that the team won't re-sign Louis to a smaller deal to bring him back to compete in camp for a depth role, but it does mean that they don't need to.  Assuming they are planning on adding more quality players, they should have options to choose from when it comes to the backups and depth players up front.  The Colts could opt to bring Lance Louis back, but they don't need to.