INDIANAPOLIS – When the clock strikes 4:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, the craziness that is NFL free agency will turn into a dead sprint with no sign of immediately stopping.
Deals will be agreed on, players will fly off the board and rumors will continue throughout Tuesday afternoon and night, and the rest of the week.
As we wait for the chaos, let's take a look at six positions that the Colts could definitely be involved in:
-There are some flashy names that are expected to hit the open market. There's also a nice variety in terms of experience and the type of back the Colts might be looking for this offseason. If Ahmad Bradshaw is not re-signed that opens up a prominent role in the Colts backfield. With Trent Richardson still being evaluated (and having a one-game suspension pending for 2015), the Colts have a clear need at running back. Could the Colts look to free agency for a back and then find another young, promising back in the early rounds? There's no doubt the Colts are going to need several backs to rely on next season with some combination of returners and newcomers.
-The news of Reggie Wayne not being re-signed slides receiver up the priority list. If Wayne did comeback, you didn't have a great idea of what Wayne could provide in his 15th NFL season coming off several nagging injuries. Right now, the youth movement at receiver starts with T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief. Another pass catcher (possibly veteran) has to be a need at some point in the offseason. Free agency would seem to be a good time to complement the young talent in the room. Remember, you have Duron Carter entering the fold too so a veteran presence would definitely influence this position group.**
-From a numbers standpoint, offensive line isn't anywhere the need as other positions on the roster. Joe Reitz is the lone unrestricted free agent along the offensive line. They've signed former Canadian Football League No. 1 pick Ben Heenan in the interior. Now, that doesn't mean the line is totally ruled out this offseason. If the right player is out there at a reasonable price you jump on it. But as of right now, the Colts have some ample depth throughout the unit, thanks to the addition of veteran Todd Herremans.Defensive Line
-Unlike offensive line, the numbers at defensive line tells that the need is definitely there. That will only rise if Cory Redding decides to retire (he's also an unrestricted free agent). The draft class this year has some quality interior linemen that have been pegged as possibilities in the first round. There are also some options in free agency as the Colts look for a replacement for Ricky Jean Francois (60 percent of defensive snaps played last year), and possibly more (Redding).Outside Linebacker
-The market for pass rushers in free agency always seems to drive up the price tag for them this time of year. The question regarding this need is, how big is it for the Colts? Starters Erik Walden and Bjoern Werner are returning in 2015, along with the promising Jonathan Newsome. Now, where is Robert Mathis rehab wise has to be a question that will address the importance of needing another "starter-like" outside linebacker in free agency.Safety
-This has to be the premier position to watch for the Colts this offseason. Right now, the Colts have two open starting spots at safety with Mike Adams entering free agency and LaRon Landry being released. The safety class in the draft isn't a strong one so free agency might be the better option for the Colts to find a player expected to come in and compete for a starting role.