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Dwight Freeney has been cut and now he needs to be replaced.
He was never going to adapt well to the 3-4, as he is better suited to the 4-3.
But now, the Colts need a strong-side outside linebacker to fill the new hole.
If the Colts are going to spend money, then they should go after Anthony Spencer. He works well in a 3-4 defense, is in the prime of his game and he would play well with Mathis. Spencer has played a very similar role complementing DeMarcus Ware in Dallas. Mathis needs a complete player to help him, as he is a strong pass-rusher but struggles with coverage. While Spencer would be an expensive addition, he would be a good investment.
If not Spencer, then Desmond Bryant would be a nice player to pick up.
He plays both interior tackle and as a defensive end. He will cost half of what Spencer would and still be productive. He is good at playing the outside, as a run-stopping defensive end. Oh, and he is Harvard-educated.
The Colts need someone to help stop the run.
Even Mathis and Freeney struggled against it.