Free Agent Defensive Backs the Indianapolis Colts Should Look Into
The Indianapolis Colts are paper-thin defensively at the corner back position. An often-injured, often-insulted, and often-embarrassed area of the Indianapolis defense, that is about as light as can be right now, as the Colts get closer and closer to the 2012 training camp. Although the Colts of the past have not dug to deep into free agency, this new coaching staff has already made a few small dents in the free agent pool, by bringing in a couple defensive players from other teams this off-season. There are few good possibilities in free agency this year as far as defensive backs go, but there are a couple that could fit right into what the Colts might need, to fill that black hole in their secondary.
Bryant McFadden is a seven-year NFL veteran corner back, who won two Super Bowl rings and appeared in three AFC Championship games with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his career, McFadden has accrued just under 300 tackles, and has intercepted nine passes. His presence and battle-hardened leadership could help to mold this young (and mostly) inexperienced secondary for the future. Aside from his obvious championship accolades, McFadden is also 6’0” and nearly 200 lbs, which is a far cry from the short and slender speedsters the Colts have went with in the past at that position.
Defensive back Drew Coleman started all 16 games for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. He is smaller in stature (5’9”) but packs a punch with his tackles, and has already been very well educated on playing the other teams in the AFC South. In his career, Coleman has 10 forced fumbles from the corner back position.
Speaking of veteran leadership, there is also another free agent defensive player on the market that could step into the new Colts locker room with championship history. Strong safety Bob Sanders (a.k.a “Mr. Glass”) is currently without a team.
Now, before you laugh, understand that one of the reasons Sanders has been placed on injured reserve for each of the last four seasons, is his balls-out and borderline-reckless playing style. That missile attack tackling style is one major reason why Sanders helped lead the Indianapolis Colts defense to their only Super Bowl victory, and why he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2007. When (and if) he’s healthy, Sanders is a dynamic play-maker. It’s a long shot, but a one-year contract for the league minimum couldn’t hurt much, and could possibly have a fantastic upside for the Colts.