The Colts have no plan to miss a home turf Superbowl appearance, but their reluctance to draft outside talent may leave them in the stands instead of on the field. The 2010 season seemed to end just as soon as the Colts were getting their act together, but with a few off season moves and key players returning, the Colts may be ready for another Superbowl run.
Peyton Manning's 5-year $90 million contract is nothing to scoff at, but it's left more room for the Colts to work with during free agency to both bring back veteran players and sign new free agents than anyone expected. Whether you think he's a terrible quarter back or the best of all time, Peyton manning is all about winning and that's what he's expecting after his contract negotiations.
This will also help the Colts set up for what most people expect to be the fall of the franchise when Manning retires. Hopefully by leaving the Colts with more spending money than they saw themselves with they can find a replacement at quarter back and set up an all around more solid team to back the new guy with.
With what is most likely his last contract, Manning is helping the Colts hold on to players like running back Joseph Addai and Safety Melvin Bullitt. Pulling outside talent isn't the Colts style and they've shown it so far this brief off-season, but if last season is any indication they need to break that habit on both sides of the field, especially on defense. The colts are losing talented players such as Clint Sessions and Bob Sanders and they can't rely on young players to fill those roles and act as back-ups in case of injury. It seems completely unlikely that the Colts will break their habit of not picking up outside talent, so hopefully they can keep injuries to a minimum.
The Colts weren't very different last season than they were during their Superbowl match up against the Saints, and they haven't changed much since then. The difference last season was the injuries that tore holes into the teams offence and defense. Losing players such as Austin Collie, Dallas Clark, Joseph Addai, Bob Sanders, Kelvin Hayden and Jarraud Powers left gaping holes in the Colts offense and defense that couldn't be filled. This stifled the Colts usually explosive offense as well Larry Coyer's attempt at turning out a fast paced hard hitting defense.
If the Colts don't keep their players healthy after not digging into the free agent market they might not get off as easy as they did last season. The Titans, Jaguars and Texans are all gathering key free agents to challenge the long-time division leaders and end their playoff run.
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Jeanne-Marie Jansen Lowell May 23rd
Greatest relief pitcher EVER! Someday we can all tell our grandchildren we got to see him pitch. A true legend!
Charlie Lobosco May 23rd
Ask Craig; I’ll say it again; not the best relief pitcher ever; the best MLB player ever. Yes, that includes everyone.
Jim Lowell May 23rd
Great tribute to a great player, a great Yankee, and a great man.Thank you!
Frank Lowell May 23rd
Great job, Ryan! As a life-long Yankee hater since the 1950’s in the closing days of the Brooklyn Dodgers, I can only sit back and…
Tiffany Riddle May 23rd
Love the article, and I completely agree!
Michael T Carr May 16th
Another good article, Craig Lowell.
Charlie Lobosco May 1st
This is a very compelling story because Mr. Collins is a very passionate, tough, intelligent, athelete taking on some additional responsibliity to help others as…
Scott Cohen May 1st
Charlie.. very well said.. he does have guts
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