2019 Free Agency: Colts.com's Best Of The Rest

With many of the most notable NFL free agents now off the market, who are some of the best left for the Indianapolis Colts to investigate?

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INDIANAPOLIS — While the NFL exploded with free agency news at the beginning of the new league year over the past couple weeks, the Indianapolis Colts mostly stood pat in terms of dishing out large deals.

They have, however, brought back several of their own in-house free agents, added young, talented receiver Devin Funchess and then made some big waves on Thursday by signing former Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro edge rusher Justin Houston.

The Colts' priority has been developing and rewarding their own players. Here is a look at the Colts' own free agents accompanied by what type of free agent they are (unrestricted, restricted, exclusive rights):

  • UFA — LB Najee Goode, WR Ryan Grant, DE Geneo Grissom, TE Ryan Hewitt, WR Dontrelle Inman, S Mike Mitchell, OT J'Marcus Webb, S J.J. Wilcox, DT Al Woods
  • RFA — C/G Evan Boehm, S Matthias Farley, S Corey Moore, WR Chester Rogers
  • ERFA — WR Marcus Johnson

Free agency is a 365-day process, so there will always be fish out there to reel in. Although many of the higher-quality players are off the board, there are still plenty who can contribute.

Today, we present our second Colts.com 2019 Free Agency Big Board. Rather than a typical big board in which players are ranked, we present you our top 20 available free agents for the Colts, broken up into positions and then listed alphabetically.

OFFENSE

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PLAYERPOSITION2019 AGE2018 TEAMBREAKDOWN
Jay AjayiRunning Back25Philadelphia EaglesReports had Ajayi visiting the Colts this week, and for good reason. Colts head coach Frank Reich knows Ajayi from their time together in Philadelphia. If recovered from his 2018 ACL tear, Ajayi could bring attitude and physical running to whatever backfield he winds up in.
Alfred BlueRunning Back27Houston TexansBlue has been a thorn in the Colts' side for awhile, pushing piles forward between the tackles, moving the chains and scoring touchdowns.
Isaiah CrowellRunning Back26New York JetsLike Ajayi and Blue, Crowell runs with plenty of "umph" behind his shoulder pads and could help the Colts in short-yardage situations.
Justin HunterWide Receiver27Pittsburgh SteelersAt 6-4, Hunter is a tall, long red-zone threat that the Colts tend to take a chance on.
Brett JonesOffensive Lineman27Minnesota VikingsYou can never have too much depth along the offensive line, and Jones would bring just that. The veteran has been serviceable in limited action over the last few years.
T.J. JonesWide Receiver26Detroit LionsJones has the ability to play outside and in the slot. With Colts slot receiver Chester Rogers remaining a free agent for now, Jones could potentially help in that department.
Rod SmithRunning Back27Dallas CowboysSmith is an underrated, intriguing option. It seems like he's answered the call for Dallas anytime he's been needed, both as a runner and pass catcher.
Jared VeldheerOffensive Tackle31Denver BroncosThe Colts could use reinforcements at tackle for depth. Veldheer is a capable starter (if needed) and would be in the vein of the J'Marcus Webb and Austin Howard signings that the Colts made in 2018.

DEFENSE

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PLAYERPOSITION2019 AGE2018 TEAMBREAKDOWN
Jahleel AddaeSafety29Los Angeles ChargersNot to be confused with former Colts running back Joseph Addai, safety Jahleel Addae has been a quality player throughout his career and can play both the run and pass.
Ezekiel AnsahDefensive End29Detroit LionsAnsah hasn't been able to stay on the field consistently due to injury in recent years, but when he's healthy he's among he league's best pass rushers.
Tre BostonSafety26Arizona CardinalsBoston has bounced around the league in the past few years, but he's a playmaker wherever he goes, totaling 10 interceptions since 2016.
Josh BynesLinebacker29Arizona CardinalsA late bloomer, Bynes began to play at a high level for Arizona last year before landing on Injured Reserve with a thumb injury.
Jamie CollinsLinebacker29Cleveland BrownsThe Colts brought in a veteran linebacker last year who acted as a mentor to the team's young linebacking corps in Najee Goode. If he doesn't return, we could see something similar with Collins.
Rodney GunterDefensive Tackle27Arizona CardinalsGunter has been an under-the-radar name from the defensive tackle position, putting up 4.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss in 2018.
George IlokaSafety29Minnesota VikingsIloka was a surprise name to hit the market last year when the Bengals let him go and the Vikings picked him up. He's back and available again and can offer solid play and veteran dependability.
Timmy JerniganDefensive Tackle26Philadelphia EaglesJernigan would fit in well in a scheme like Matt Eberflus'. The 295-pounder would be turned loose to wreak havoc in the backfield.
Dion JordanDefensive End29Seattle SeahawksThe player that many hoped Jordan to be as a top-five draft pick may never come, but it doesn't mean he can't contribute to a team. If he can stay healthy, he's got plenty of juice and athleticism to be disruptive.
Aaron LynchDefensive Lineman26Chicago BearsLynch has also been reported to have visited the Colts recently. He has the size and frame that the Colts covet to play guys outside and inside in certain packages. He's shown to be a productive rusher during his career.
Cassius MarshDefensive End26San Francisco 49ersMarsh has bounced around the league, but he's been a productive pass rusher in spurts. He was a quality player for San Francisco, but acquiring Dee Ford made Marsh a casualty.
Shane RayDefensive End25Denver BroncosReports say that Ray visited the Colts this week, so if that's the case then there is obviously interest there. The former first-round pick hasn't quite flourished so far, but it's not too late.

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