INDIANAPOLIS – The forecast didn't call for a Colts' free agency storm.
Such a forecast held true on Wednesday with free agency getting underway.
Limited Colts' cap space, compared to past seasons, squelched the fireworks of recent free agencies.
Starting Monday at 4:00 p.m., the Colts could begin negotiations with agents of other team's unrestricted free agents.
Contracts couldn't be executed until Wednesday at 4:00 p.m, when the new league year (free agency) officially began.
The Colts took care of their first unrestricted free agent on Monday by signing tight end Dwayne Allen to a four-year contract extension.
Then, Adam Vinatieri re-upped with the Colts late on Tuesday night.
Also, Matt Hasselbeck announced his retirement from the NFL. He's joining ESPN as an analyst next season.
With Allen and Vinatieri returning, Lowery and Fleener departing and Hasselbeck retiring: here's a look at the Colts' 7 remaining unrestricted free agents.
2016 Unrestricted Free Agents (age next season)
- S-Colt Anderson (31): How the Colts weigh their importance of bringing back the quarterback of their special teams is the decision on Anderson. Anderson started one game for the Colts last season (Saints), when Mike Adams and Clayton Geathers were injured.
- RB-Ahmad Bradshaw (30): This past season was the third straight year Bradshaw's campaign ended on injured reserve. A young running back, behind Frank Gore, would appear to be an offseason desire of the Colts.
- ILB-Jerrell Freeman (30): Probably the biggest individual starter on this list. This is likely Freeman's only real chance to explore free agency and that has to be taken into consideration when evaluating the possibility of him testing the open market.
- OG-Lance Louis (30): Louis is the Colts' lone free agent on the offensive line. With the Colts looking for a different type of guard, does Louis fit that mold?
- CB-Greg Toler (30): We've heard the Colts talk about the need to improve their cornerback group in 2016 and add some versatility there. Toler's injuries (16 missed games) have defined his three seasons in Indianapolis.
- QB-Charlie Whitehurst (34): What if Whitehurst didn't pull that hamstring in Week 16? My, how that domino changed the future of the backup quarterback spot. With Whitehurst a free agent, and Josh Freeman released on Monday, Stephen Morris is the lone signal caller under contract behind Andrew Luck.
- DE-Billy Winn (26): Like Hasselbeck, Billy Winn has expressed his gratitude to the Colts for his one season in Indianapolis. The Colts traded a seventh-round pick for Winn just prior to the start of the 2015 season.