For the last three offseasons, Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson has been upgrading. To some extent, every general manager is attempting to upgrade during the offseason, but for Grigson, the circumstances were a bit more drastic.
Grigson, after all, was completely gutting a roster that went 2-14 and starting over. Sure, Andrew Luck was just handed to him, but the rest of the team was going to be built from scratch. Grigson decided to keep a couple key veterans in Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis and a few other role players, and the rebuild began.
Today, just seven of the players from the 2011 roster remain on the Colts payroll: Wayne, Mathis, Anthony Castonzo, Fili Moala (on injured reserve for 2014), Joe Reitz, Adam Vinatieri and Pat McAfee.
It's been Grigson's acquisitions, for better or worse, that have shaped the Colts' current roster each season. While 2014 features less turnover than the last two years, the newcomers will certainly play a large part in the Colts' fortunes this season.
So today, we go through those acquisitions. Based on the new players' predecessors, which of Grigson's 2014 targets are the biggest upgrades? It's not necessarily the best players that are the biggest upgrades, as we consider scheme fit and former Colts. But these are the players that will be the difference between the 2014 campaign and 2013.