Indianapolis Colts: Should Team Go After One of Big Named Cornerbacks?

By Eric Smith


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The Indianapolis Colts enter free agency with some of the biggest cap room in the NFL. They can sign to my calculations up to four guys if they play their cards right and then fill the rest of their holes through the draft.

With cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and now Nnamdi Asomugha looking like they’re going to be available, should the Colts go after one of them?

It would be a good investment if they do.

Indianapolis basically has their offense secured to go for the next decade. They took their franchise player in Andrew Luck last year and surrounded him with weapons. They have two guys in the backfield and two young tight ends. With bringing back Reggie Wayne and drafting T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill, they’re pretty much set.

The only thing they need to address is offensive line and possibly bringing in one more veteran receiver.

Then, on the defensive side of the ball all they need is defensive line help, another outside linebacker or two and some cornerbacks.

Both the defensive line and linebackers could be addressed in the draft as there’s plenty of help there. That leaves enough money to sign a guy or two for the offensive side of the ball and one of these corners.

The cornerback play was too inconsistent last season. Vontae Davis came along at the end of the year and proved he could possibly be the lockdown corner they need. Jerraud Powers has been banged up the last two years and is a free agent. I don’t think the Colts bring him back.

Cassius Vaughn and Darius Butler filled in last year, but they’re also free agents and not who you want to go to start opposite of Davis. That’s why I think if they make a play at one of these lockdown corners they’re going to have one of the best secondaries in the NFL.

Good luck to teams trying to pass with Davis on one side and Revis or Asomugha on the other. Mix in safeties Antonie Bethea and Tom Zbikowski and that’s one very good secondary. That’s not even mentioning if Ed Reed decides to come to Indianapolis to finish his career.

Revis is a six year NFL veteran who has 19 interceptions and 294 tackles. Asomugha has been in the league a bit longer with 10 years played, but has 15 inteceptions and 405 tackles. The only reason his interception numbers are a bit lower is due to teams not even looking his way.

He’s so good and feared, opposing quarterbacks never throw in his direction. Revis is the same way now. How great would it be to have a team where quarterbacks are forced to throw the ball in either their direction or Davis’ due to the fear of the otherside.

If I were Ryan Grigson I’d look at both and see if they can fit in the plan. They could make this team a Super Bowl contender for years to come.

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