A Look at the Indianapolis Colts' Financial Situation

By EJ Mckinley
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts front office has done a great job of managing their contracts correctly. However, there are a few that need to be dumped. Nothing is necessarily pressing or hurting the team in a bad way, but the team can always improve and dump bad contacts. The first bad contract they need to dump belongs to a former first round pick.

Donald Brown is making nearly $2.5 million this season. He is most likely going to be a third string player. Brown is going to be way overpaid coming into this season. I don’t know how much of this money is guaranteed, but if it’s not a significant total then the Colts should cut ties right now. Brown can contribute a small amount but nowhere near his price tag.

Benjamin Ijalana is a name you probably have never heard of. Ijalana is making just over a $1 million a year playing third string offensive tackle for the Colts. If the Colts can get rid of Ijalana that’s a cool $1 million sitting in their pocket for giving up pretty much nothing. Ijalana is still young but has proved to be an unneeded player.

The two players above are the only two with really bad contracts on the Colts. Looking ahead the Colts need to keep a few upcoming free agents. Aubrayo Franklin, Vontae Davis, Adam Vinatieri, Cassius Vaughn, Kavell Connor, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Pat Angerer, Pat McAfee, Antoine Bethea, and Ahmad Bradshaw will all be free agents. If the Colts let go of the rest of their 2014 free agents, who aren’t really needed, they will save as much as $12 million directly to the next season. That’s $12 million that can be used to help re-sign the above players.

The Colts are in good standing with their financial situation. They have a few areas where they could cut costs but overall are doing very well.

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