5 Overrated NFL Free Agents The Indianapolis Colts Should Avoid at All Costs
5 Overrated NFL Free Agents The Indianapolis Colts Should Avoid At All Costs
The Indianapolis Colts are heading into free agency with plenty of money to spend. With over $30 million in free cap space this offseason, they could be major players in the open market this year. But just because you have money to spend doesn't mean you should throw it at the wrong guys.
The Colts are a team on the rise, but that’s the easy part. Going from bad to kinda good is easy, going from kinda good to a real contender is hard. The way to do that is to use the free agent market wisely to strategically upgrade at the positions that have held them back.
They have the hard part down: they have the franchise quarterback. Andrew Luck is one of the best young quarterbacks in the game, but they need to find him some more reliable weapons to open up the field for shifty slot receiver T.Y. Hilton. Receiver is a priority, but it’s also a position that is easily overvalued on the free agent market.
Indianapolis also needs to get better on defense. They need a pass rusher to go on the other side of Robert Mathis, and they also need to get better in the secondary. Both of those can be done in free agency, but there are also plenty of possible bad contracts waiting for them if they’re not careful.
The Colts are going to be big hitters in the free agent market this year, but they need to avoid these five overrated free agents.
5. Brian Orakpo
Brian Orakpo is a talented outside pass rusher, but he struggles to stay healthy. Someone will pay a premium for his upside, but if he can't stay on the field, it will be a waste of money.
4. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
Signing cornerbacks in the free agent market can be a touchy situation. Sometimes you can get your money's worth, but they never come cheap and if they don't work out, it can set a team back for years. The Colts would be better off re-signing Vontae Davis than taking a risk on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
3. Eric Decker
Eric Decker is a No. 2 receiver who is going to be paid like a No. 1 receiver. The Colts need to find another receiver, but they don't want to give big-time money for a complimentary player. They already have enough secondary receivers, they don't need another.
2. B.J. Raji
Big defensive lineman B.J. Raji burst onto the scene in his first couple of years with the Green Bay Packers. He looked like a sure thing in the NFL, but injuries have derailed him recently. Once the lower body starts going on bigger linemen, they can't produce enough power to be productive. His days as an elite defensive lineman are gone, if they were ever here at all.
1. Hakeem Nicks
Hakeem Nicks is the best receiver on the open market and is worth the risk for the right team, but that team isn't the Colts. Indy has a long window of contention ahead of them -- they can't take the risk of a bad contract hanging over their heads if he can't stay healthy and productive.