Indianapolis Colts' Blue Print for Winning Free Agency

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Indianapolis Colts' Blue Print for Winning Free Agency
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NFL Free Agency officially begins at 4:00 p.m. ET  on Tuesday, March 12.  Over the weekend teams were allowed to start talking to free agents, but no signings or announcements of potential signings are allowed until the official shotgun start.

The Colts are busy first locking down their own free agents. Pat McAfee is getting the Colts' franchise tag for a fat $2.997 million.

The Colts’ tendered offers to some restricted free agents over the weekend. Jeff Linkebach (OL) received an RFA tender for $1.323 million. Cassius Vaughn (CB) also received a tender estimated at the same "low level" as Link.  Linebacker A.J. Edds and Guard Seth Olsen did not receive tenders.

Offensive lineman Joe Reitz ($620k) and defensive lineman Marin Tevaseu ($555k) received exclusive free agent tenders.

So the Colts are keeping two of their free agents on the O-line and the much maligned Cassius Vaughn at corner.  As it happens, these are two positions in need of talent upgrades. It is likely these signings were intended to provide reasonably-priced depth at those positions, while Ryan Grigson chases better talent in free agency and future talent in the draft.

Once again, let's run through the Colts needs and look at some of the gossip ahead of tomorrow's green flag. We'll take these in order of priority: Offensive Line, Rush Linebacker, Defensive Backs, Defensive Line and an experienced backup Quarterback.

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