Should the Colts Consider Signing At Least Two Free Agents?

Things haven’t been looking good for the Indianapolis Colts. Peyton Manning has been struggling, especially with his offense as he loses three important key players to the powerhouse in Joseph Addai, Austin Collie, and Dallas Clark. To me, Indy seems fine at tight end and are capable of making the playoffs with Jacob Tamme starting. But without Addai and Collie, it just can’t work. Both are really needed.

Addai is hoping to return sometime soon, and he is needed by the time Indianapolis faces the Jacksonville Jaguars. Collie will return in time for the Jaguars game and let’s hope he can, too, for the Tennessee Titans game on Thursday night. But if they are not available, Indy should strongly consider signing a free agent or two.

A player that comes to mind if All-Pro receiver Antonio Bryant, who surprisingly is still on the market and is available. He’s coming off a few good seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals, but was shockingly released later. Bryant could make the adjustment with Peyton Manning just in time for the Jaguars game.

I just can’t be too confident with the guys Manning throws to. Pierre Garcon has been struggling this season, but still still makes the plays. Blair White is young, but not all proven yet. And Manning can’t throw Reggie Wayne all the time, or else it becomes obvious. The same goes for Jacob Tamme, who has been thrown to the most out any receiver/tight end in the league.

The running game is just disastrous. Joseph Addai would have made it a lot better, along with the passing game. Addai can pretty much do anything. He is the all-around back you want. He can run, catch, block, and heck, even throw if you have ever seen the Colts beat the San Francisco 49ers, 18-14, last season off a game-winning touchdown pass by him. But never mind that. Addai may not be available for the AFC South showdown in three days.

So could they sign a running back? I think not. Mike Hart may have re-injured himself, but he could be questionable. At least I hope. But Indianapolis also has Javarris James and Donald Brown, who are capable of scoring when it is counted on despite the lack of rushing yards. But if the Colts are really that desperate in the run game, who can they sign? Kevin Jones?! Chris Brown? Who?

But if Indianapolis wants a receiver, I strongly consider Bryant. They may really need just one good player in the passing game. And if not Bryant, maybe Kevin Curtis. Bryant would be a good option, and Indianapolis will have four solid targets for the rest of the year, and their passing attack is good to go.

At 6-6, there is still hope. I am not buying Indianapolis not making the playoffs. If they just win next on Thursday, they’ll have some momentum heading back home when facing Jacksonville. And the Oakland Raiders have a better chance at beating a team like the Jags than the Colts. Indy can finish 10-6 and become the division leader.

Come on Colts, make your move.

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  • Anonymous

    Where is the Peyton we knew in ’09? What happened to that passion and penchant for last-minute winning drives? What’s eating at Manning? C’mon Indy — this isn’t the time for implosion. There’s far too much on the line to fold up now…Y’all’ve got the Super Bowl curse to break.

    Forget about everything but your plan and the means by which to execute it. Learn to love the discipline because it’s really “Now or Never”. Godspeed!!!

    • terry

      2009? I am told Manning had just one more pick all of last year than he has now, and yet Super Bowl. And even though the team was healthy last year, the team lost the Super Bowl with dropped passes in the end zone and at crucial times. For example the play that put the victory icing (the pick 6) on the Saint’s cake was the very next play after Reggie Wayne dropped a very catchable pass to convert a third down and long to a first and ten on the Saint’s 18 yard line. What is amazing here is the lack of support he gets when the team is not helping the way they did last year. Yeah there a lot of injuries (20) but the players that are playing aren’t exactly burning up the field either. Dropped passes, lack of tackling, newbies not finishing their routes or giving up on plays which are a big cause of the interceptions. And then being in the hole from the first quarter on and not having any running game forces the quarterback to throw 40+ times a game! Let’s be real here Manning is the same this year as he was last year but with one big difference he isa not playing with the same team because of injuries and yet amazingly they are still in the hunt for a playoff spot! Few quarterbacks past or present could say the same in this situation. Look at Marino similar situation for one of the best alltime and he saw the playoffs a few time in his career Super Bowl once (and lost).

      • Josh Dhani

        Good point but the Colts weren’t like that what they were last year. Did we see Manning throw 13 picks in five games, including 11 in last 3? No. If it was last year’s Manning, he wouldn’t have thrown that pass to Tamme against the Cowboys in OT, and instead would have thrown to a more-open Reggie Wayne. The o-line is a huge problem. The o-line is what leads to Manning’s poor performances and the lack of rushing support. Indianapolis is definitely going to consider a new offensive line front to help Jeff Saturday. Bill Polian even criticized this o-line.

        • terry

          You have a point but it is so disheartening to see all of the nay sayers jumping on Manning as the only problem. I have been a Colt fan since the early 60′s when I watched them here in Baltimore. And yes I was a fan even in the 80′s and 90′s. What a die hard! I also get tired of all the rhetoric from the Raven’s fans about the Colts and how they left us in the middle of the night like cowards…most of whom were not even born yet! And Art Modell did a very similar thing to the Cleveland fans to bring them here. I liked them when they were the Browns but can’t stand them as the Ravens. I think it is good conversation to at least look at the years of service and consider “what if” but to put him in to retirement at this stage is a little rediculus. I believe he could go anywhere on any other team and they would be winners, but the Colts would suffer badly in that case. I would just like to see a well rounded team for a consistant amount of time. Go Colts! Go Manning!

          • Josh Dhani

            I agree. I wouldn’t blame it on Manning either. The o-line, run game..a lot of things

    • Josh Dhani

      I agree Anonymous.

  • Jim McPherson

    Well I read this afternoon that the Colts Re-signed Dominic Rhodes. He can pass block catch a good ball and run pluss he already know s the Colts offense. So I guess there is one of your free agents.

    • Josh Dhani

      I agree Jim. I heard about that.

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