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Well the coaching staff is set for the Colts now.  I guess the next step will be Free Agency.  Ballard still says he is building this team through the draft so I don't expect too much excitement from any signings, but you never know.  I saw that Ansah (Detroit) and Lawrence (Dallas) got franchise tagged so they aren't on the market.  So in that regard, I think it's looking more and more like the Colts will draft Chubb with their third pick.  They NEED an edge rusher.  I know they drafted Basham last year, but he didn't 'do well in the 3-4 defense.  Eberflus is changing the defense to a 4-3 so maybe Basham will have a better year.  And who knows?  Maybe Chubb and Basham will turn into the next Freeney/Mathais duo.  And no I haven't forgotten about Sheard.  He'll be in the mix too for edge rusher.  I've also heard Nelson's name being dropped as the third pick (offensive lineman from Notre Dame).  From what I'm hearing, this year's Colts team won't be close to what it was last year.  Still don't have a warm fuzzy feeing about Luck coming back.  I think Brissett is a good backup.  Hopefully he won't have to start many (or any) games this year.  Also think Quincy Wilson will have a good year at CB now that Pagano is gone.  Getting Hooker healthy and back will be a big plus for the secondary.  Still going to be thin at CB though. 

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Doyel: Can't believe Colts don't see the value of Frank Gore: https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2018/02/28/doyel-cant-believe-colts-dont-see-value-frank-go-if-colts-cared-their-locker-room-culture-theyd-re-s/377362002/

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We’ll never see another Frank Gore. That’s how we need to look at it, anyway. Let’s not be presumptuous and just wait for the next one. The Indianapolis Colts were lucky to have him for the past three seasons – and will be lucky to get a guy like that ever again.

Which makes their decision to dump him so darn stupid.

And that’s what they did: They kicked him to the curb. There are nicer ways to say it, and Colts coach Frank Reich and general manager Chris Ballard said goodbye to Gore in the nicest of ways on Wednesday from the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.

Reich called Gore “a living legend” and said people around the league speak of him reverentially.

“Frank Gore set the standard on what (running) backs do in (pass) protection,” Reich said, bringing up an underappreciated facet of Gore’s greatness. “I remember hearing stories when I’d be coaching for other teams that Frank Gore could run the protection meetings, that he could make the protection calls for the quarterback.”

 

As for Ballard, he called Gore a “first ballot Hall of Famer” and said he wants “to give Frank a chance to go see what’s out there, and see if he finishes (his career) at a place where he needs to finish it.”

What’s wrong with finishing it here in Indianapolis? Gore wanted to do that. He never wanted to leave, not if quarterback Andrew Luck – whose presence was the reason Gore came here as a free agent in 2015 – was going to be healthy in 2018. The Colts are saying Luck will be healthy in 2018. We'll need to see it to believe it, but Ballard has never been so adamant, never backed himself into a corner the way he did on Wednesday when he said Luck will return in 2018, and do it at a high level.

Which means: Gore wanted to stay. But the Colts said, in the nicest possible way: You’re too old.

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IMHO the Colts should have kept Mr. Gore, even if their top pick in the upcoming draft is college running back sensation Saquon Barkley.

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1 hour ago, Muda69 said:

Doyel: Can't believe Colts don't see the value of Frank Gore: https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2018/02/28/doyel-cant-believe-colts-dont-see-value-frank-go-if-colts-cared-their-locker-room-culture-theyd-re-s/377362002/

IMHO the Colts should have kept Mr. Gore, even if their top pick in the upcoming draft is college running back sensation Saquon Barkley.

Gore averaged 3.6 a carry and only scored 3 TD's last season. He's a good pass blocker that helps make up for your terrible O Line. Great. You can get that from Marlon Mack and a 3rd round draft pick this upcoming year if you have position coaches that are worth a rip. Greggy needs to get over his feelings and realize it's the NFL; a cut throat business where winning is what matters. Gore isn't going to win you any games at 35 years old playing behind a crappy O Line on a crappy team. Let him have a chance to go be a back up for a winning team somewhere.

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51 minutes ago, FishDuck said:

Gore averaged 3.6 a carry and only scored 3 TD's last season. He's a good pass blocker that helps make up for your terrible O Line. Great. You can get that from Marlon Mack and a 3rd round draft pick this upcoming year if you have position coaches that are worth a rip. Greggy needs to get over his feelings and realize it's the NFL; a cut throat business where winning is what matters. Gore isn't going to win you any games at 35 years old playing behind a crappy O Line on a crappy team. Let him have a chance to go be a back up for a winning team somewhere.

Exactly right. He's a great leader in the locker room, but that's not enough to mitigate his diminished abilities on the field. Gotta put your best 53 together.

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Ballard said yesterday that the team's first priority this season is to sure up the offensive and defensive lines. This makes me think they are leaning towards Chubb with the 3 pick. Smart Move. I would expect them to go after a running back in free agency to pair with Mack. Isaiah Crowell, Rex Burkhead, Legarrette Blount, and Jeremy Hill would be names to watch IMO.

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If not the Browns, I see the Giants taking Barkley. Think he will be gone before the Colts get to pick. IMO, Trade down grab an  extra picks or two, because with as many holes the Colts have in their the roster any pick within in the top 5- 10 picks would be a great help, and an extra pick or two should only help the Colts situation.

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8 hours ago, 93_knight said:

If not the Browns, I see the Giants taking Barkley. Think he will be gone before the Colts get to pick. IMO, Trade down grab an  extra picks or two, because with as many holes the Colts have in their the roster any pick within in the top 5- 10 picks would be a great help, and an extra pick or two should only help the Colts situation.

I agree, the Giants will take Barkley at 2. However, Chubb running a 4.66 with a very impressive 10 yard split only solidified him as the pick for the Colts if you ask me. Almost identical time to Myles Garrett last year and a much better motor

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On 2/15/2018 at 9:23 AM, FishDuck said:

As for the Colts making a trade in the draft I think it will rely on which QBs are on the board at 3. I don't see anybody trading much to move up for Baker Mayfield or Josh Allen. Denver and the Jets would be ideal trade partners for Indy IMO because they don't need to move too far back in the first round i.e. Arizona at 15 or Buffalo at 21/22 to name a couple other teams who are in the QB market.  Would be very interesting to see Darnold or Rosen on the board at 3 and see what kind of moves Denver/NYJ would be willing to make. Free Agency will determine a lot as well since there are a few decent options available this year that might back teams out of trading up in the draft.  

Looks like Josh Allen turned heads at the combine.....throwing and with the drills....will be interesting to see if he moves up and even over Rosen and/or Darnold.

https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/03/03/nfl-scouting-combine-quarterbacks-josh-allen-baker-mayfield-lamar-jackson-josh-rosen-sam-darnold

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000919159/article/nfl-combine-winnerslosers-josh-allen-trumps-rosen-jackson

https://www.sbnation.com/2018/3/3/17067234/nfl-combine-2018-results-quarterbacks

 

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The start of Free Agency has gone well for the Colts.  Lost out on LB Hitchens formerly of the Cowboys now going to the Chiefs.  Also lost out on G Norwell formerly of the Panthers to the Jags(he was a long shot anyways).  It does hurt that he is headed to a team within the division.  Also lost out on WR Robinson formerly of the Jags now going to the Bears.  

I really thought we would land Hitchens.  I know we aren't necessarily doomed by any of these moves or lack there of, but we need to bring in quality young talent at a fair price.  i thought Hitchens was that guy.  Maybe Ballard isn't a closer.  

So moving on.  I think Poe is a good candidate.  Anyone else have a free agent wish list.  Corner is a premium right now.  I like bringing back Melvin and maybe looking at Cromartie for challenger at corner or a good nickle guy.  Any thoughts?

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No deals can be inked just yet, so things may not be as dismal as they appear. Remember, Frank Gore was going to the Eagles during this period a few years ago before changing his mind for the Colts.

However, losing out on those three (if it does happen that way) certainly hurts. They would have been plug-and-play starters from day one. Dion Lewis and Malcolm Butler are still names I've seen floated out there. Paul Richardson too.

If Buffalo sends the 12th and 22nd picks along with an extra 2nd or 3rd rounder, free agency whiffs may be offset a little as well. Re-sign Rashaan Melvin and Jack Mewhort, draft a DE or ILB at 12 (Marcus Davenport or Roquan Smith/Tremaine Edmonds) and another G at 22 (Will Hernandez), and things are looking up.

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16 minutes ago, Coach Pierson said:

No deals can be inked just yet, so things may not be as dismal as they appear. Remember, Frank Gore was going to the Eagles during this period a few years ago before changing his mind for the Colts.

However, losing out on those three (if it does happen that way) certainly hurts. They would have been plug-and-play starters from day one. Dion Lewis and Malcolm Butler are still names I've seen floated out there. Paul Richardson too.

If Buffalo sends the 12th and 22nd picks along with an extra 2nd or 3rd rounder, free agency whiffs may be offset a little as well. Re-sign Rashaan Melvin and Jack Mewhort, draft a DE or ILB at 12 (Marcus Davenport or Roquan Smith/Tremaine Edmonds) and another G at 22 (Will Hernandez), and things are looking up.

Very good points.  Can the Colts squeeze the Bills 2019 first rounder out of them also?  So 12 and 22 in 2018 and 2019 first rounder for 3rd overall in 2018.

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4 hours ago, punttheball said:

Very good points.  Can the Colts squeeze the Bills 2019 first rounder out of them also?  So 12 and 22 in 2018 and 2019 first rounder for 3rd overall in 2018.

I'd take that. It's going to be a 2-3 year rebuild anyway, so why not take future first rounders?

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I totally get being patient in the free agent market but being non-existent is not a great approach either.  I know you cannot sign all top tier free agents, but it is crazy to sit on 72 million and spend it on 12 low level non-impact players also.  We took that type of approach last year.  I think we are on the same path as last year.  Hoping that we can pull off a good trade on draft day.  

 

 

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12 minutes ago, Coach Pierson said:

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22761793/tyrann-mathieu-declines-pay-cut-cut-arizona-cardinals

I'd take the Honey Badger on a cheap, "prove-it" deal. Preston Brown has caught my eye as a potential MLB too. Buffalo wants to keep him, but we shall see...

Don't see HB taking any kind of cheap deal. He and his agent have both said they feel he could get more $ if he were to be cut by AZ and he wants to be paid like a top DB in the league.

P Brown would be a solid signing though.

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1 minute ago, FishDuck said:

Don't see HB taking any kind of cheap deal. He and his agent have both said they feel he could get more $ if he were to be cut by AZ and he wants to be paid like a top DB in the league.

P Brown would be a solid signing though.

Last year was his first year playing all 16 games, and he's ended 3 of his 5 seasons on IR. He's a hell of a player, but I think injuries alone warrant no more than a prove-it deal. I'm sure he and his agent disagree, but the market will establish itself, and they may not like the look of it.

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Haven't posted in a while.  Just wanted to comment on how well Ballard has done with the offensive line this off season.  Of course my comment is purely speculation, but talent wise, the line has improved dramatically over what it has been the past several years.  I think the Tight End group got better with the acquisition of Ebron and loved the pick of Hines at running back.  I believe he will be a Sproles type of guy for the Colts.  They are going to use him all over the field and probably as a returner on special teams.  He isn't all that big but man is he quick!  Have heard he is already Reich's favorite toy on the offense.  And Luck is actually throwing a football.  Only a few more weeks until camp starts!  Lots of promise for the Colts this year.

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