2020 Colts.com Pre-Free Agency Big Board

Who are the top impending free agents in the NFL that could be available to the Indianapolis Colts when the new league year begins on March 18?

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INDIANAPOLIS — Just a few weeks after the conclusion of Super Bowl LIV, we are getting into the thick of the NFL offseason.

This upcoming Thursday, on Feb. 27, teams may begin designating their upcoming free agents with the franchise or transition tag, securing their rights for another year. With that, it's a pallet cleanser for the beginning of free agency in mid-March.

While the Colts always focus first and retaining their own players who are due to hit the free agent market, this piece will actually focus on others teams' upcoming free agents and who might be good acquisitions for the Colts.

According to Over the Cap, the Indianapolis Colts currently have the second-most salary cap space in the league at approximately $86.1 million.

However, let's first take a look at the Colts' in-house free agents to better understand what their mindset may be when approaching players outside of the organization. This group is broken into what type of free agent each player will be (unrestricted, restricted, exclusive rights):

UFA — OL Josh Andrews, OT Anthony Castonzo, OL Le'Raven Clark, TE Eric Ebron, WR Devin Funchess, S Clayton Geathers, OL Joe Haeg, WR Dontrelle Inman, WR Chester Rogers, DE Jabaal Sheard, K Adam Vinatieri, RB Jonathan Williams

RFA — CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, DT Trevon Coley, WR Marcus Johnson

ERFA — WR Daurice Fountain, S Rolan Milligan

Looking ahead, we present our Colts.com 2020 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, listed alphabetically.

The following are all players who are set to become unrestricted free agents on March 18; potential tags their current teams can use on them are not taken into consideration.

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PLAYERPOSITION2020 AGECURRENT TEAMBREAKDOWN
Arik ArmsteadDefensive Lineman26San Francisco 49ersFinally producing a breakout season en route to a Super Bowl appearance with the 49ers in 2019, Armstead (6-7, 292) has become an effective, dynamic defensive lineman.
Teddy BridgewaterQuarterback27New Orleans SaintsIf the Colts are looking for a "bridge" quarterback (pun intended) while they continue evaluating the long-term outlook on their roster, then they could do much worse than a guy who is 22-12 since entering the league.
Jadeveon ClowneyDefensive End27Seattle SeahawksOnce a division rival, the Colts know exactly what Clowney can do to opposing backfields. You won't always find this much talent and athleticism in one package.
Amari CooperWide Receiver26Dallas CowboysThe Cowboys have some really important players that need to get paid. Does that leave Cooper on the outside, looking for a new team? The Colts could be the beneficiary if this big-time playmaker hits the open market.
Graham GlasgowOffensive Lineman28Detroit LionsGlasgow would be a great addition, as he has played center, left and right guard all extensively, and done it well. Versatility is a huge "ability" when it comes to the offensive line.
Javon HargraveDefensive Tackle27Pittsburgh SteelersAt 6-2, 305 pounds, Hargrave provides a stout presence in the middle of the line, and is consistently able to put pressure on the backfield.
Shelby HarrisDefensive Tackle29Denver BroncosSpeaking of defensive tackles putting pressure on the backfield, Harris set new or tied career highs in tackles (49), tackles for loss (8), sacks (6.0) and pass breakups (9) in 2019.
Chris Harris Jr.Cornerback31Denver BroncosHarris Jr. is getting up there in age, but he hasn't been showing signs of slowing down. His future in Denver has been in question for a couple years now.
Hunter HenryTight End25Los Angeles ChargersIf the Colts and Eric Ebron are indeed parting ways, then they'll need to find a replacement at tight end who brings playmaking ability and can stretch the field. Henry is a great option there.
Austin HooperTight End25Atlanta FalconsLike Henry, Hooper is a playmaker at the tight end position. He's been one of Matt Ryan's most relialbe options for a couple years now, and matching him with Jack Doyle would be a huge help for the Colts' quarterback position.
D.J. HumphriesLeft Tackle26Arizona CardinalsThis is in the event that Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo's situation doesn't get cleared up in the near future. If there are questions surrounding your left tackle, something has to be done in quick order.
Byron JonesCornerback28Dallas CowboysJones tested out of the gym at the Combine before he was drafted, and he followed it up by developing into one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL. Like we've addressed, Dallas has a lot of important money to dish out, and Jones could be left out.
Yannick NgakoueDefensive End25Jacksonville JaguarsIn eight career games against the Colts, Ngakoue has 6.5 sacks, six tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and even an interception. It'd be a lot better time for the Colts if we was on their side for a change.
Breshad PerrimanWide Receiver27Tampa Bay BuccaneersThis is a case of trying to decipher between fool's gold and the real thing. After a severely banged-up, inefficient start of his career with the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns, Perriman had a great year in his first season in Tampa, posting career highs across the board.
D.J. ReaderDefensive Tackle26Houston TexansAnother instance of taking an important defensive lineman from a divison rival, Reader was one of the league's best interior defenders in 2019. At 6-3, 347, does he fit the Colts? He might just be athletic enough to fit the bill.
Philip RiversQuarterback38Los Angeles ChargersIf the Colts take the route of going for a veteran quarterback, Rivers already knows much of what the Colts do from his days playing under Colts head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni while the three were in San Diego.
Brandon ScherffGuard28Washington RedskinsIf Scherff's durability concerns (missed 15 games since 2017) are enough for Washington to move on, then the Colts could give a look to the outstanding, three-time Pro Bowl right guard.
Joe ThuneyGuard27New England PatriotsHe doesn't get enough credit, but Thuney has been one of the NFL's best guards for a few years now. Yes, the Colts have an outstanding offensive line, but if there's someone who can help them as an upgrade, they'll look into it.
Leonard WilliamsDefensive Tackle26New York GiantsThe former top-10 draft pick has been solid through his first five seasons, but hasn't quite lived up to his draft status yet. Cutting him loose in the controlled chaos of the Colts' defensive front could be what he needs.
Jameis WinstonQuarterback26Tampa Bay BuccaneersVariety is the spice of life, right? Winston led the NFL in passing yards (5,109) and was second in passing touchdowns (33), but he also led the league in interceptions (30). Perhaps after he underwent lasik eye surgery this offseason, and playing under Reich and Sirianni, that would cut down on the interceptions.

NOTEWORTHY

The following are some of the biggest names of the 2020 free agent class, and while some may consider them longshots to sign in Indianapolis or leave their current team, these guys are always going to generate the most buzz among fans:

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PLAYERPOSITION2020 AGECURRENT TEAMBREAKDOWN
Shaquil BarrettDefensive End27Tampa Bay BuccaneersThis is tricky, as Barrett's previous single-season high in sacks was 5.5, but then he explodes for 19.5 as a full-time starter in 2019. That number is too big to ignore, and Tampa likely sees it the same way.
Tom BradyQuarterback43New England PatriotsThis fan base doesn't need a history lesson on this guy.
Drew BreesQuarterback41New Orleans SaintsFrom college at Purdue to ending his career in Indianapolis? Not likely; the man is now as New Orleans as Bourbon Street.
A.J. GreenWide Receiver32Cincinnati BengalsAssuming he comes back in 2020 fully healed from 2019's lost season (ankle injury), Green should still have some tread on the tires. Bengals head coach Zac Taylor says they want him back, but regardless, a guy like Green can call just about any shot he wants.
Chris JonesDefensive Tackle26Kansas City ChiefsIt's easy to draw parallels between Jones and Colts GM Chris Ballard's time intersecting in Kansas City, but the Chiefs really need this guy.
Dak PrescottQuarterback27Dallas CowboysWith all the important players the Cowboys have to pay, you'd have to think Dak is at the very tip top of the list. If you've got a quarterback, you can't let them go.
Ryan TannehillQuarterback32Tennessee TitansThis is a very interesting situation with Tannehill. He successfully checked off the "prove it" box and then some in Tennessee, so now what kind of contract do they offer him, assuming they want him back?

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