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Five players, over $95 million and over $47 million guaranteed.
That is what the Colts have spent thus far in free agency...on the defense.
In 2013, the Colts defense was the weakest unit of the team, ranking 16th in Football Outsiders' DVOA. Even though the offense was ravaged by injuries to starters (Dwayne Allen, Donald Thomas, Reggie Wayne, Vick Ballard, Ahmad Bradshaw) while the defense stayed relatively healthy, the offense still managed to outperform the defense.
The defense had some good games against weaker opponents, but also some exceptionally poor games, especially if the offense wasn't controlling the clock. This was evident in the playoffs, as the Colts scored 33 points a game, while their opponents put up 43 and 45.
To address the issue, the Colts went to free agency, bringing in LB D'Qwell Jackson and DE Arthur Jones, while re-signing CB Vontae Davis, DT Fili Moala and S Sergio Brown. Their only offensive move thus far? Re-signing RB Ahmad Bradshaw to what is likely near-league minimum contract. Bringing back Bradshaw is a good move, but hardly earth-shattering.
Whether the moves will notably improve the defense or not next season is yet to be seen, but the commitment to the defense is there from the front office. Now it's up to the coaches and players to produce results on the field.