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We've discussed free agency quite a bit already here on Bleacher Report, including looking at the Colts' large amount of cap space and finding potential free-agent fits that Indianapolis could use it to sign. But while fans have been excited to find potential big names the Colts could go after, Ryan Grigson's tune this past weekend has made it seem like he's more likely to "play it safe" than pay big money to external free agents.
According to the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder, Grigson referred to the 2015 and 2016 offseasons as reasons why the team could hold back on spending in 2014:
It's not hard to tighten your belt when you're looking at what we're looking at in '15 and '16. In future years, we have some key, key young talent – not to even give you names; you know who they are – that we're going to have to re-sign. So, we have to be very prudent and fiscally sound in how we move forward. We still have a plan in place and if there's a chance for us to get better at any position, we're going to try to get better, if it makes sense from a fiscal standpoint for the club.
Grigson would also cite faith in the development of 2013 free agents LaRon Landry, Ricky Jean-Francois and Greg Toler as reasons why the Colts wouldn't need to add big names in free agency this season. While the team will still spend the money they have, expect shorter contracts and depth signings more than big names and long-term deals.
The Colts desperately need some blue-chip talent, but it looks like they won't be adding it in free agency. As such, the team desperately needs those 2013 free agents to make strides in 2014, as well as the 2013 and 2014 draft choices.