Indianapolis Colts fans this offseason are like a person who had had an awesome first date with somebody and now can't wait for the second date. Your head is filled with constant thoughts of all of the possibilities and expectations, making the waiting arduous.
After a surprising playoff appearance under a rookie quarterback and coach, Colts fans' expectations are higher than a wind power generator. Until the draft and free agency are finished, and the Colts' roster nearly set, the endless possibilities will continue to torture the fans.
With big money to spend and more than a third of their roster eligible for free agency, the Colts' 2013 roster could look very different from 2012. Since the Colts have only four draft picks much of the turnover will come from signing and re-signing free agents.
In this week's edition of offseason speculation I look at each position and grade the Colts' free agent needs.
Here is the professor's grading scale:
A = No FA signing needed
B = Backup player would be useful, but doesn't have to come from FA
C = Backup player required, use FA to ensure they get the right player
D = Starter needed, but doesn't have to come from FA
F = Starter needed, use FA to ensure they get the right player
There are a couple of positions where the Colts need depth or a specific skill set but they are not looking for it in every starter. Other positions need immediate help and the Colts have to find some starters.
Free agency is the most likely way that the Colts will bring in talent, but they do have four draft picks and they will also bring in a load of undrafted rookie free agents and pan for gold. Drafts and rookie free agents are not reliable sources of talent, so if the Colts need a player desperately they should use NFL free agency to ensure they get exactly the right player. If the need isn't that huge, they can roll the dice with the rookie class.
Drop me a comment if you have some different ideas.