INDIANAPOLIS – We are less than a week away from free agency beginning and that means it's time to address restricted free agents around the league.
On Thursday, the Colts made a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Jerrell Freeman. Once free agency starts on March 10, Freeman can negotiate with other teams with the Colts having the ability to match any offer.
The Colts also made exclusive right tenders to Daniel Adongo, Boom Herron and Cam Johnson. Those three can sign their one-year tenders and return to the Colts at any time.
-Freeman has been a mainstay in the starting lineup ever since he made the impressive jump from the CFL to an NFL starter back in 2012. Freeman battled injuries in 2014 and if he returns, he is expected to start next to D'Qwell Jackson at inside linebacker.
-Adongo remains a project after going on injured reserve in the 2014 preseason. He still has yet to see defensive action in an NFL game and that will be a key this preseason to formulate a true evaluation on the former rugby star.
-Herron was the Colts lead back throughout their end of the season playoff run. With many questions surrounding the running back position, Herron's return would offer a multi-faceted back that can certainly play, and produce, at this level.
-Johnson has also dealt with injuries after the Colts acquired him via trade in September of 2013. The outside linebacker position looks to have some quality depth returning next season.
*Friday on Colts.com, we will take a look at the 12 unrestricted free agents that have yet to re-sign.