Indianapolis Colts Must Be Wise With Large Cap Space

By Devin O'Barr
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Thanks to Andrew Luck and the amazing 11-5 record that the Indianapolis Colts posted last season, many forget that this organization is just one season removed from a 2-14 record. Although I don’t expect the Colts to be bottom-feeders in 2013-14, they still have to be careful with what kind of acquisitions they make this offseason.

Every fan base wants their team to make a splash. The big move that supposedly “gets them over the top”, however that cliche shouldn’t be in the Colts plans for this offseason. Patience will be the key for this young team as no matter how good Luck looked this year, this team still is a season or two away from becoming contenders. Many forget the Colts struggles against the top-tier teams in the AFC–anyone remember the 35 point drubbing the New England Patriots gave the Colts in November?

With over $43M in cap space, it’s important for this team to spread that money around and not give a free agent like Greg Jennings a lucrative deal. NFL teams across the country are unloading and buying out players simply to get under the cap and the Colts don’t want to be in the same boat as the New York Jets.

In July I want to look at the Colts and be happy at the moves they made rather than question the extensive money they spent on a guy like Paul Kruger who is entering his fifth season and is commanding big-time money. The Colts will obviously have to bridge together talent in some key pieces, however I don’t think they would benefit from a signing of grand proportions.

I wouldn’t mind the Colts making a move for a guy like Glover Quin to shore up the secondary. I think this April’s draft is going to be more important for Indy than the free agent period. This is the same secondary that Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens took care of in the AFC Wild-Card round.

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