INDIANAPOLIS – The NFL offseason schedule has turned its attention towards OTAs with the free agency period having quieted down significantly over the past few weeks.
Last year, the Colts still added a few free agents (Darrius Heyward-Bey, Josh McNary, Ahmad Bradshaw and Daniel Adongo) from April all the way up until training camp.
So with the heavy lifting of free agency now in the rearview mirror here is a look at the offensive additions the Colts have signed in 2014.
Center Phil Costa (Cowboys)
* -2013 Stats:* 3 games played (0 starts).
-Career Stats: 26 games played (20 starts) in 4 NFL seasons.
* -Costa's Quote to Note:* "Most guys who are free agents have a certain work ethic. The mentality that you're coming to work every single day and that was the mindset instilled from all the coaches here. They are about championships. They are about coming every day and preparing to win."
* -Ryan Grigson's Thoughts:* "Phil is a young, hard-nosed and physical center who has shown he can play at a winning level in our league. He will provide strong competition at the center position."
-Outlook: When Samson Satele was released prior to the start of the 2014 free agency period, the center position became an even larger priority. Andrew Luck has played with three centers in his first two NFL seasons, with Satele receiving the bulk of the starts. Costa heads to Indianapolis with 20 NFL starts in his four professional seasons. He will be expected to compete for the open starting spot along with 2013 fourth-round pick Khaled Holmes. Center will be one of the most analyzed position battles of the offseason with Costa, currently the only Colts center with starting NFL experience.
Wide Receiver Hakeem Nicks (Giants)
-2013 Stats: 15 games played (15 starts). 59 catches for 896 yards.
-Career Stats: 70 games played (59 starts) in 5 seasons. 311 receptions for 4,622 yards and 27 touchdowns.
-Nicks' Quote to Note: "I heard a lot of good things about it, obviously what they've got going and the direction that they're moving in. I feel like it was the best fit for me just to come in and complete the piece of the puzzle to try to compete for a Super Bowl this year."
-Ryan Grigson's Thoughts: "Hakeem is a big, tough, and highly competitive wide receiver who knows what it takes to win. His big-play potential requires attention from the defense every time he's out on the field. He adds another highly talented playmaker to our offense and we are happy to announce he is now an Indianapolis Colt."
-Outlook: Not many additions could bring an added element to the Colts skill positions but Nicks certainly does that. He's a physical receiver that excels at going up and getting the football. At last week's League Meetings, Chuck Pagano alluded to Nicks' ability to combat the larger cornerback trend that we are seeing around the NFL. Pair that with Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton, and Nicks himself calls the Colts receivers a "three-headed monster" that is similar to the group he played with in the Giants 2011 Super Bowl season.