In an off-season full of drama in Indianapolis, the Colts have managed to pick their way through it all, and they were able to sign some key free agents to their team who is in a rebuilding situation.
1. Reggie Wayne: Honestly, nobody expected Wayne to return to the horseshoe. I expected Wayne to wait until Manning signed with a team, and I thought that he would follow. Assuming college prospect Andrew Luck is drafted by the Colts in April, Wayne is a key target to give Luck some confidence entering his rookie season. The Colts should be happy Reggie Wayne was the one signed, and not Pierre Garcon. Wayne is a future Hall of Famer, and definitely a trusting key ingredient to the Colts offensive schemes for next year.
2. Corey Redding: New Head Coach of the Colts, Chuck Pagano brought over his former defensive end from the Baltimore Ravens. Corey Redding, a 6-foot-4, 298 pound mammoth was a key part of Pagano’s 3-4 defense ran in Baltimore. Now that Pagano is converting the Colts defense to a 3-4 scheme, it was very important to get experienced players who ran in that specific defense before. Colts All-Pro End, Dwight Freeney, seems unlikely to return, so teaming up Redding with Robert Mathis is a perfect fit heading into next season.
3. Winston Justice: Earlier this week, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Indianapolis Colts confirmed a trade that would send right tackle, Winston Justice and a 6th round pick to the Colts for a 6th rounder of their own. One thing the Colts needed to address this offseason was their offensive line, and they did just that. This 6-foot-6, 300 pound lineman should give Andrew Luck the comfort he needs in the pocket to make the necessary throws downfield.
4. Tom Zbikowski: Redding isn’t the only Raven heading to Indianapolis next season. Sportswriter, Dan Pompei reported an hour ago, safety Tom Zbikowski will be joining Pagano’s Colts. Zbikowski brings that extra punch to the Colts defense who will converting to a 3-4 scheme next year under Pagano’s new system. Zbikowski will be replacing Melvin Bullitt at the strong safety position next to Antoine Bethea.
To be continued…
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