Indianapolis Colts: Offensive Line Help Needed This Offseason as Well
In my second series of upgrades the Indianapolis Colts could use this offseason, the offensive line would be the top option. Yesterday, I wrote on how they needed to add a veteran No. 2 receiver to play opposite of Reggie Wayne and eventually take over. That would shore up the receiving core for the next decade if they can do that.
The top option to upgrade, though, is going to be the offensive line.
Indianapolis has a league-high in salary cap room available and could honestly sign three to four guys this offseason to max deals. Thank Jim Irsay for making the bold move to cut Joseph Addai, Peyton Manning, Dallas Clark, Jeff Saturday, Melvin Bullitt and Gary Brackett among other last March to get out of dead space and have tons to spend this year.
The Colts could use this money is a few ways and need to look at what they’re going to do in the draft to determine how much they spend in the free market. Last April, the Colts went nearly all offense in the draft in going with an offensive player in all but two rounds.
This year, look for them to go nearly all defense and they will try and get guys to their system and scheme. If they can get some studs they feel confident with, they can go after the No. 2 receiver and possibly two offensive linemen.
One guy the Colts should highly consider getting is Jake Long. He was a former No. 1 pick in the draft and has been pretty durable. He once was one of the top tackles in the game, but his play has declined a bit. Getting Long would be huge for the Colts as they could move him to right tackle and keep Anthony Castonzo protecting Andrew Luck‘s blindside. He’s a huge guy and would be an immediate upgrade.
Another possibility for the Colts would be a former New England Patriot in Sebastian Vollmer. The 28-year-old was arguably the best right tackle in the NFL before injuries hampered him. He played great though this past season and could be a lot cheaper than Long.
Two guard possibilities for the Colts would be Brandon Moore and Duane Brown. Moore is a bit older as he’s already in his 30s, but like Vollmer, he was one of the best at his position. Getting Moore would be huge to line up at right guard, but if he won’t come to Indianapolis, Brown would be good fit as well. Colts fans have seen Brown play twice a year during his career as he’s been a member of the Houston Texans. He’s a very solid guard and would help this team tremendously.
Out of these four guys it would be ideal for the Colts to sign two of them. Leave Castonzo at left tackle and Samson Satele at center, mixing in two of these stellar linemen with either Joe Reitz, Mike McGlynn or Winston Justice at one of the guard spots and the line is vastly improved.
This upgrade alone could push the Colts to the Super Bowl next year as Luck seemed to be running for his life every game. He was sacked 41 times last year, which is far too many times. With the weapons he has at his disposal and their quickness, he’s going to need time. Expect this to be the top area of concern for Indianapolis.