The Colts have some key positions that need to be addressed this offseason. Other than the draft, the Colts will acquire a number of players via free agency.
Free agents are risky business. It is hard to know how these players will pan out with a new team.
These are the top free agents that the Colts need to avoid.
Mendenhall has had great success as a running back in past years. The Colts have Vick Ballard, but should acquire another back if they drop Donald Brown. Two or three running backs per team are a must.
That said, Mendenhall is coming off a not-so-great season. He suffered injuries and only played in 6 games. His low field time led to just 51 carries the entire season. The risk here is mainly health concerns if he can even upgrade the Colts position when he is on the field.
He is a big name on a big-name team, who has had success, but he is not worth it.
It’s tough to find a good running back via free agency, but pursuing Hillis would be an especially risky avenue to take.
His 2010 season with the Cleveland Browns will have Hillis labeled one-hit wonder until he can string together another successful campaign. In 2011 and 2012, he failed to impress. When he was not injured he was just good and never returned to his "pre-Madden cover" form. The fact that KC is getting rid of him is a sign enough.
Say no to Hillis!
Davis is a good player. He’s fast, a trait players with the task of covering the Redskins matchup nightmare are all too aware of. This is one of the main reasons why they gave him the franchise tag in 2012. However, Davis suffered from an ACL tear this past season and only played in seven games. He also had that whole, four-game suspension for failing all those drug tests.
Davis’s past success on the field will garner him some attention but his injury and suspensions should keep the Colts away.
Oh, Danny boy. Nobody trusts you to stay healthy.
The Colts could use a dependable WR2. Like the running back position, it is difficult to acquire a good receiver via free agency. Amendola is talented, but injury-prone.
I am not denying that he is a great player when he is healthy, but that has just not been often enough to warrant a big contract. It would be a big risk to trust that he could be healthy for the Colts.
There has been no contract talk yet for DRC. As much as the Colts could use a CB, this is not the man for them. He has been inconsistent in his play over the last two seasons. He is not a strong tackler and gives off the impression that he is indifferent to play at times.
Additionally, he will probably be too expensive for his actual worth. He simply is not a "big money player" anymore.
Despite his nod for the Pro Bowl this year I just don’t trust him. He’s 28 years old and coming off a one-year deal with the Jets. He will most likely demand a multi-year for big bucks. He is not worth it. He is injury-prone and struggles against the run. It is not that I do not think he did well in his Pro Bowl season for the Jets; I just don't think that he deserves the big money that he is going to demand.
The Colts could use another quality safety, but here's to hoping it's not Landry.