INDIANAPOLIS – Seeing Colt Anderson's name on the free agent list for the Colts might not scream as a major focus.
Anderson has started one game in his two seasons with the Colts, hardly seeing significant snaps on defense.
How the Colts view Anderson can be seen in a couple of December roster moves they made this past year.
With the special teams unit struggling, a group Anderson captains, the Colts signed Andy Studebaker and Akeem Davis, who are known for their prowess on special teams.
Chuck Pagano has never shied away from how important special teams is to his team.
From Pagano to Pat McAfee, many Colts speak very highly of what Anderson means on special teams.
Anderson, 30, is one of two Colts safeties who will potentially enter free agency (starter Dwight Lowery is also an unrestricted free agent).
Where the debate over Anderson will come into play is how they view their backup safety spots.
The Colts agreed to terms on a contract extension with Colt Anderson. A look back at Colt's 2014 season.
In 2015, the Colts typically had five safeties on the active roster.
Lowery and Mike Adams were the starters.
Clayton Geathers (who saw some defensive run) and Winston Guy (the team's best gunner) were the backups, along with Anderson.
If the Colts view Geathers as a ready now starter in his second NFL season that could impact the need for Lowery to return in 2016.
For Anderson, his need will likely come down to how the Colts want to handle the backup spots.
With Adams turning 35, the Colts know that finding another young, potential starting, safety is something that can't be overlooked this offseason.
Choosing not to re-sign Anderson in 2016 would put the need for core special teams guys on the offseason priority list.
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