2011 NFL Predictions: Quiet Offseason for Indianapolis Colts Means Good News

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2011 NFL Predictions: Quiet Offseason for Indianapolis Colts Means Good News
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All the major signings have come and gone in the whirlwind like post-lockout free agency that took place this year. Once again the Indianapolis Colts chose the slow and steady method to the madness, deciding to re-sign their own free agents before dipping into the other 31 teams stocks.

First things first, they brought back the face of the franchise, Peyton Manning, who signed to a contract below market value. This team friendly deal made it possible to re-sign Joseph Addai who is valued as much for his pass-blocking skills as his running ability.

When the Colts finished re-signing their own players and getting their rookie draft picks signed they focused the free agency signings on the defensive side of the ball.

The Colts first brought in former first round draft pick Jamaal Anderson. The 6'6" 289 lb defensive end doesn't seem like an ideal fit for the Colts, who usually go for undersized, speed guys, but when factoring in the loss of Raheem Brock the signing makes perfect sense.

Brock took snaps at both defensive end, as a run stuffer, and on passing downs he played defensive tackle, providing a faster rush up the middle. Despite Anderson falling short of expectations as a pass rusher in Atlanta, he proved very capable as a run stopper for them and should fit into Brock's role seamlessly.

They then signed linebacker Ernie Sims as a replacement for now former Colts Clint Session who signed on with the division rival Jacksonville Jaguars. Sims is a player who is thought of as an ideal fit for the Colts' Cover-2 scheme.

Finally, the Colts signed defensive tackle Tommie Harris away from the Chicago Bears. Harris is no sure thing after coming off recurring knee injuries since a Week 3 game in 2007, but if he can stay healthy and find some of the signature burst that made him a Pro Bowler, he could prove to be a steal.

The Colts may fly under the radar, but these are signings that could help improve the run stopping ability of their lead-protecting defense. As long as Manning is there, and healthy, the Colts offense will be one of the scariest offenses in the league.

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