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Indianapolis Colts Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-30


Indianapolis Colts Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-30
Beefing up the defensive line and improving depth at linebacker, running back and cornerback figure to be the areas where the Indianapolis Colts hope to improve themselves in next month's NFL Draft.


Of course, finding a potential replacement for former WR Marvin Harrison may be at the top of the team's wish list. But the Colts won't waste their first-round pick if the guy they want isn't readily available. Also, searching out a new punter who can also be the holder for placements is on the team's wish list.

TEAM NEEDS/OFFSEASON STRATEGY

What to do at linebacker and running back. The Colts opted not to re-sign free agent LBs Freddy Keiaho and Tyjuan Hagler, as well as free agent RB Dominic Rhodes.

Also remaining available is free agent CB Keiwan Ratliff, who provided some pretty big plays for the Indianapolis defense last season. Keiaho, Hagler, Rhodes and Ratliff could be re-signed in the coming weeks, but no decisions are expected until after the draft.

P Hunter Smith (UFA) is not expected to be re-signed.

TEAM NEEDS

1. Wide receiver: If possible, the Colts will think offense first with the first-round draft pick. Team officials like to keep QB Peyton Manning well-stocked with plenty of options to throw the football to. An athletic, physical receiver who can get downfield would fit nicely into the team's offensive game plans.

2. Defensive tackle: Get bigger but retain the quickness and the athletic skills necessary to play in the Colts' defensive scheme. Indianapolis doesn't like big, hulking defensive tackles. The Colts much prefer linemen who can run, force the pass protection up the middle and still be able to make plays at the line of scrimmage.

3. Linebacker: Improving Indianapolis' overall depth at the position is crucial. The addition of veteran free agent LB Adam Seward helps bolster the middle, but finding athletic, quick play-making outside linebackers who can also double on special teams will be important.

MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.

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: None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--RB Lance Ball: ERFA; terms unknown.

--LB Buster Davis: ERFA; terms unknown.

--G/T Daniel Federkeil: ERFA; terms unknown.

--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).

--LB Adam Seward: UFA Panthers; 1 yr, terms unknown.

PLAYERS LOST

--RB Clifton Dawson (released).

--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 30, 2009

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