The Indianapolis Colts have made a splash this NFL offseason thus far, but they’ll be looking to make more moves in hopes of repeating their success they had in 2020. The Colts were a playoff team in 2020, but they’ve had quite a culture change this offseason.
The biggest regime change that occurred this offseason was at the quarterback position. Philip Rivers decided to hang up the cleats which left a major void at the quarterback position that needed to be filled.
The Colts decided to make a power play and bring in Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz to take over that role.
The Colts came into the offseason with the third most cap space in the NFL and they have done a great job of adding quality players to their roster. Thus far, they’ve added quality players like Isaac Rochell, Andrew Browns, and and brought back running back Marlon Mack; all of which will help add some needed depth to the team.
While adding role players is nice and all, the Colts need to prove that they can contend in the AFC South. Let’s take a look at two free agents the Colts should pursue right now.
I know, it seems crazy to put a quarterback as an intriguing target for the Indianapolis Colts after they already made a major trade for Carson Wentz; but it actually makes a lot of sense. Alex Smith, 36, has made a great career out of being a reliable backup quarterback and spot starter and he’s the perfect player to push Carson Wentz to perform at his best.
I don’t want to reach too far and say that Carson Wentz will be on a short leash as the quarterback in Indianapolis, but I do think the Colts won’t have the same tolerance that the Eagles did. Wentz needs to prove he can be the guy in Indy, and Alex Smith’s arrival to the team could be the extra motivation that fires him up.
Smith played well for the Washington Football Team as a spot starter in 2020 as he lead the team to a 5-1 record under his guidance and completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,582 yards and logged a touchdown to interception ratio of six to eight. While Smith may not have the spark he once had, one thing will remain the same; his ability to win football games.
The Colts had a pair of outstanding players announce their retirements this offseason, but the one that nobody’s really talking about is the retirement of offensive tackle Anthony Costanzo. Anthony Costanzo was a pivotal player for the Colts during his ten year career and the team will need to look for his replacement this offseason.
One guy who could be on their radar is none other than the former number one overall pick himself, Eric Fisher. Fisher, 30, was released by the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason in an effort to create more cap space; but a team like the Colts could have him fall into their laps.
Fisher is a great player who has been very productive in his career and he could thrive as a member of the Colts. The Colts need to add some more talent who has Super Bowl experience and adding Eric Fisher would give them a force on the offensive line to help them address that desire.