The Indianapolis Colts made a couple of moves this past week in actually keeping guys for this team. They franchise tagged punter Pat McAfee, which was a good thing because they’re going to work this offseason to get him a long term deal. McAfee should be a Pro Bowl kicker in the next few years as he’s arguably one of the best puners in the game.
McAfee also will likely take over the place kicking duties once Adam Vinatieri‘s contact is up at the end of the year. He was originally a field goal kicker at West Virginia in college and has a very good and accurate leg. If he does that, he will be the first kicker in NFL history to do all three phases of a kicking game: punting, kicking field goals and doing kick offs.
That’s why putting the franchise tag on him was a very good thing. But restructuring a deal with Fili Moala is questionable.
I thought the Colts would basically let every other free agent go and upgrade at every position. Moala has been injury prone in his time at Indianapolis and has never amounted to what they had hoped for.
He was a second-round draft pick in 2009 out of USC and has only played in 48 career games. He has 86 tackles and only two sacks to his credit in his career so far. Moala also has a touchdown in which he scored it on a fumble recovery this past season.
He went down with a knee injury in 2012 after making eight starts and I thought that would have been the end of his Colts playing days because he’s had an injury every year in the NFL.
The Colts must have thought he still had tons of potential and needed him just in case rookie Josh Chapman doesn’t work out at defensive tackle. Look for Moala to start at defensive end though opposite Cory Redding in 2013.
Let’s all hope Moala stays healthy and become the player the Colts want him to be.