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Colts Still Evaluating Safety Options

Intro: Even with the bulk of free agency having passed, the Colts still have their eyes on a few options at the safety position.





INDIANAPOLIS – While the wait for Colts players to return to work is less than three weeks away, the search for another safety is ongoing.

Free agency has largely come and passed, and the draft remains a month away, but the Colts are still actively pursuing another player to add to the backend of their defense.

Chuck Pagano addressed the need for another safety at last week's League Meetings in Arizona.

"We'll find somebody. Somebody will separate themselves from the pack," Pagano said.

"There's still a couple bodies out there in free agency you can look at. Then the draft, there's some guys who are coming out in the draft that are going to be starting for somebody."

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The following day after Pagano spoke on the safety position, Ryan Grigson also said that there are guys on the open market who the Colts like.

What Grigson delved deeper into was what the Colts currently have at safety.

Fans know, and have seen, what Mike Adams can bring to the secondary.

A few names not as well known to the public include Dewey McDonald and Winston Guy. Grigson mentioned McDonald, a 2014 undrafted free agent who played 12 games (mainly) on special teams as a rookie.

McDonald's frame (6-0 and 220 pounds) and intelligence (has four college degrees) makes him an intriguing prospect, at least deserving of some more offseason reps in 2015.

Another safety who Grigson is looking to see more of is Guy.

In the last two seasons, Guy started five games for the Jaguars before he joined the Colts practice squad in October of 2014.

"(Guy) impressed us all during the (2014) season, on the practice squad, making plays day-after-day," Grigson said.

"He may have even been our (practice squad) MVP. He's 6-1, like 220 (pounds). He can run."

What Grigson has reminded himself during the free agency period is that a prudent approach far outweighs breaking the bank for a certain need.

Last year, the Colts didn't make a major safety addition in the March portion of free agency, and didn't select one with any of their five draft picks.

The eventual starting safety next to LaRon Landry finally came on board at the start of minicamp, in mid-June (Mike Adams).

At the League Meetings last week, Grigson reiterated the philosophy of not exhausting the checkbook when other areas to fortify must be taken into consideration.

"You can't have everything," Grigson said.

"It gets back to good old fashion development and playing your youth or waiting until another guy shakes free cap wise or a guy that's out there for the minimum that you like."

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