5 Indianapolis Colts Who Must Be Kicked To The Curb Before Free Agency
Indianapolis Colts: Time To Make Cuts
With salary cap room and a handful of young talent, the Indianapolis Colts have one of the best chances to make it to a Super Bowl in 2014.
If I am speaking honestly, the NFC is currently the most talented division in the NFL. Not only does the NFC call home to the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers, but it also has teams like the the Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, and Dallas Cowboys that are capable of making a Super Bowl run.
Most of the AFC teams are currently rebuilding or trying to find a new identity, and that leaves things wide open for the Colts. Other than the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos, the Colts should be considered one of the premiere teams in the AFC. Not only did Indianapolis have a 11-win season in 2013, but it also beat San Francisco, Seattle and Denver.
Even with such an impressive season, the Colts find themselves in the middle of the pack for offense. Ranking 17th in passing yards and 21st in rushing yards, Indianapolis needs to find more consistency. The rushing attack was a mess after the injuries to Ahmad Bradshaw and Vic Ballard, and Trent Richardson was never able to help carry the offense as the Colts had hoped. With the aging Reggie Wayne sidelined with an injury in 2013, the primary focus for this organization should be adding wide receivers through the 2014 NFL Draft or free agency.
The defense was relatively strong against the pass, but it ranked 26th against the run. The Colts will need to find playmakers who can contain the running attack of its opponents and cause turnovers.
This team has a bright future, but it also has several players who are just taking up space and money.
Here are five Indianapolis Colts who need to be kicked to the curb before free agency.
5. Patrick Angerer
Patrick Angerer was only able to play 11 games in both the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Finding another linebacker through the draft would help the Colts save some money and allow them to develop a young player.
4. Sergio Brown
With only nine-total tackles in 2013, Sergio Brown is eating away at the Colts money.
3. Adam Vinatieri
Removing Adam Vinatieri has nothing to do with his talent. The kicker will most certainly retire in the next year or two, and the Colts can save a lot of money by acquiring a kicker through the draft.
2. Ahmad Bradshaw
The Colts have put too much into Trent Richardson to pay other running backs. With Donald Brown and Vic Ballard most likely on the team in 2014, Ahmad Bradshaw needs to move on.
1. Darrius Heyward-Bey
If the offense is going to be successful, the Colts need to find someone other than T.Y. Hilton who can catch the ball. Removing the under-performing Darrius Heyward-Bey would allow the organization to find a veteran receiver in free agency to compliment Hilton.
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