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Indianapolis Colts: Small Needs and Small Upgrades in 2013 NFL Free Agency

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Indianapolis Colts: Small Needs and Small Upgrades in 2013 NFL Free Agency
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Jerraud Powers is just one of the injured Colts whose recovery will determine the Colts' offseason moves.

Last week, we took a look at the Indianapolis Colts' roster situation headed into the 2013 NFL offseason, and I suggested some high dollar free-agent moves the Colts could make to address their needs.

The Colts have nearly a third of their roster eligible for some form of free agency.  As a result of this and careful spending by the front office, the Colts have roughly $46 million in salary cap room that they can spend on new acquisitions either through the draft or free agency.

The Colts have glaring needs on the offensive line if they want to protect their late-model franchise quarterback, and with a defensive front seven that was among the worst in the league at stopping the run.  

To some degree, these deficiencies were due to an unusual number of injuries at these positions, and any offseason moves the Colts make will inevitably depend on the recovery of the bigs on the line and their backers.

Even so, the Colts' fat bank means they could upgrade at those positions with some big free-agent contracts.  As these positions are the most uncertain, it makes sense to spend big on the offensive front five and defensive front seven.  

It would also behoove the Colts to consider some smaller upgrades they can make with their substantial warchest.  This week I will take a look at some of Indianapolis' pony-sized needs for players that can fill specific roles that the Colts will need to throw a saddle on as they take the next step in their post-Peyton Manning recovery.

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