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Indianapolis Colts Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-08


Indianapolis Colts Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-08
Shoring up depth at linebacker, along the defensive and offensive lines, running back and at cornerback figure to the areas that will attract the most attention by the Colts as the franchise prepares for the NFL Draft.


Potential losses at linebacker, defensive tackle, and running back should make the draft and the process of signing undrafted free agents should help alleviate some of those questions heading into the OTAs and training camp.

TEAM NEEDS/OFFSEASON STRATEGY

In regards to other team's free agents, the Colts have taken a hands-off attitude this year. That's pretty much been the franchise's mode of operations since team president Bill Polian has been the man in charge of assembling the roster.

Indianapolis has signed two of its own more high-profile free agents in CB Kelvin Hayden and C Jeff Saturday. Polian and Co. may take a second look at the veteran free agent market after the draft when teams begin to reshape their respective rosters.

TEAM NEEDS

1. Wide Receiver: When it comes to assembling a roster, Colts officials attempt to keep QB Peyton Manning well-stocked with quality weapons. And now that WR Marvin Harrison has been released, finding a difference-maker to replace him figures to be their first priority.

2. Defensive Tackle: Indianapolis could use more size along the interior defensive line. But the Colts aren't going to trade bulk for quickness or athletic ability. If they can find a bigger defensive tackle who can run and shows very good quickness, they'll most likely take a long look. Especially since DT Darrell Reid (UFA) has now signed with Denver, thinning the depth at the position.

3. Linebacker: With the recent decisions not to tender a contract to weak-side starter Freddy Keiaho (RFA) and allow UFA Tyjuan Hagler to enter the market, depth could be a problem at linebacker going into the 2009 season. Only Gary Brackett and Clint Session have much experience as starters, with Session only going into his second year as a regular.

MEDICAL WATCH: CB Marlin Jackson (knee), S Bob Sanders (knee), RB Mike Hart (knee), OG Ryan Lilja (knee), CB Michael Coe (knee) and LB Gary Brackett (lower leg) all figure to be ready for the start for the 2009 season.

Jackson and Sanders, however, will most likely begin training camp on the team's physically unable to perform list. Hart, Lilja, Coe and Brackett may end up there as well, although no decisions have been made as of yet.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--S Matt Giordano will test the open market. May re-sign with the Colts later.

--LB Tyjuan Hagler is not expected to be re-signed. Could return, however, if the price is right.

--CB Keiwan Ratliff may be back at a later date. He will test the free-agent market first, though.

--RB Dominic Rhodes would like to remain with the Colts, but will take the opportunity to see what kind of money may be available.

--P Hunter Smith was not offered a contract and at this point will probably not return to the Colts.

--DE Josh Thomas could also return later in the offseason if the right kind of deal can be worked out.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered)

--LB Freddy Keiaho (not tendered as RFA) has become a quality starter for the Colts on the weak side. Is valuable since he can play all three linebacking roles if needed. Could be re-signed at less than the RFA tender.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

--RB Lance Ball was on the practice squad for most of the 2008 season but played well in the regular-season finale with Tennessee. May be brought back for a longer look.

--LB Buster Davis took over as the starter at middle linebacker when Gary Brackett was injured late in the season. His return next season is a tossup right now.

--G/T Dan Federkeil is a former collegiate defensive end that has become a versatile offensive lineman. May be allowed to test the market, but could be back in 2009.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--CB Kelvin Hayden: Potential UFA; $43M/5 yrs, $22M guaranteed.

--DT Daniel Muir: ERFA; terms unknown.

--C Jeff Saturday: Potential UFA; $13.3M/3 yrs, $7.45M SB; 2009 cap: $3.98M.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--P Mike Dragosavich (waivers Browns).

PLAYERS LOST

--WR Marvin Harrison (released).

--DT Darrell Reid: UFA Broncos; $6.8M/3 yrs, SB unknown.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 8, 2009

Marvin Harrison Name: Marvin Harrison
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Position: WR
Age: 35
Experience: 13 years
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