With over 100 million in cap space heading into free agency, the Colts and Chris Ballard are sitting on a whole lot of green. After a disastrous season that involved receivers regressing and getting hurt, adding weapons via the market is imperative, especially with the possibility of a rookie QB on the horizon.
The first article in what will be a recurring segment, I took a look at potential FA options below.
1 to Bring Back - Zach Pascal Indianapolis Colts
Surpassing all expectations last season, Pascal emerged from barely rosterable to a legit offensive presence by the end of the year. An ace on special teams and an elite blocker, his dependable nature and recent offensive upside make him a must re-sign. As an RFA it seems all but assured he’ll be retained, but you can never be too sure.
1 to Let Go - Chester Rogers Indianapolis Colts
The player who was supposed to be the “dependable presence” on the team last season - a role that Pascal overtook, Rogers simply doesn’t offer enough to be worth a roster spot at this point. Not providing enough as a receiver and now replaced by Nyheim Hines on returns, his average size and athleticism make him “just another guy”. I know the coaching staff likes him, but using his roster spot on Daurice Fountain or another high upside target should be the plan at this point.
1 to Go After - Robby Anderson New York Jets
A youthful and realistic FA target, Anderson has emerged as the Jets de-facto #1 receiver over the last two seasons, putting up decent numbers despite being stuck in New York. A solid route-runner with plus catching skills, he would provide the perfect complement to T.Y. Hilton while Parris Campbell rotates in as a gadget player and Pascal provides great depth.
1 to Avoid - Breshad Perriman Tampa Bay Buccaneers
An uber-talented wideout who finally broke out last season in Tampa, Perriman is an intriguing option considering his ridiculous speed and high upside. The consistency hasn’t been there throughout his career and even from game to game, however, which means putting faith in him as a full-fledged starter is a risky proposition. Likely to command a long-term deal, signing Perriman would be the type of gamble that Chris Ballard usually doesn’t roll the dice on.
Ultimately, if Perriman got a short term “prove it” deal like Devin Funchess did last year, I would approve of the move, but I just don’t think that will be the case.
Who do you think the team should try and target?