The Colts will be transitioning to a 4-3 scheme next season under new defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus.
Jabaal Sheard will step in as one of the starting defensive ends, but the spot on the opposite side of the line is up for grabs. Tarell Basham is probably the favorite heading into training camp, but he’s coming off of a disappointing rookie year.
Indianapolis has plenty of cap space to spend after a pretty quiet free agency period, and there are some quality free agents still available. One of those available free agents could inject some juice into their pass rush right away.
The Buccaneers released Robert Ayers this offseason, and he still has not found a team for the 2018 season.
Ayers only had two sacks in Tampa Bay last season, but he consistently put pressure on the quarterback all year long. Ayers is only two years removed from a nine sack season with the Giants.
There are a couple of reasons Ayers is still available despite his pass rushing prowess.
He’ll be 33 years old by the time the regular season rolls around, and he’s had trouble staying healthy playing in just 12 games each of the last four years.
Those deficiencies might allow general manager Chris Ballard to pick up Ayers at a cheap price.
The Colts could sign Ayers to a team-friendly one-year deal, and they could even cut him before the season starts if he doesn’t perform well in training camp.
I think bringing in Ayers on this type of contract would be a worthwhile risk for a team in need of a pass rush.