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Colts part with coveted pick to obtain DL DeForest Buckner from 49ers: https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/colts-insider/2020/03/16/colts-make-major-splash-trade-first-round-pick-deforest-buckner/5062470002/

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On what will be remembered as a historic Monday afternoon in Indianapolis Colts history, Chris Ballard fed his “obsession” and addressed a major team need. Saying earlier this offseason that he was consumed by a need to upgrade the Colts defensive front, the fourth-year general manager went out into the trade market and made a blockbuster deal for 49ers star DeForest Buckner, then signing him to a five-year contract extension worth $21 million annually, according to a league source. 

The cost was steep. Beyond the price tag -- which sees Buckner become the second-highest paid defensive tackle in the game behind only Aaron Donald -- going back to San Francisco is the Colts’ first-round pick (No. 13 overall) in the upcoming NFL Draft. However, the Colts were unlikely to find a player in the draft -- even at that spot -- who could immediately impact the defense the way Buckner will.

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Time of course will tell but this looks to be a smart move by Mr. Ballard.

Next up in free agency:  A quarterback?

 

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Is Phillip Rivers an upgrade over Brissett? Last season says no and that the Colts still have the 3rd or 4th best QB in their division. But the Colts can protect Rivers far better than the Chargers could. And they have a superior coaching staff. 

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Time will tell on Rivers. It's only a one-year deal so if he doesn't work out they can cut him loose pretty quickly. It's a fairly calculated gamble. Hopefully they keep Brissett and go back to him if Rivers doesn't pan out. He's not a great quarterback, but he's still young and athletic and could probably be pretty good if surrounded by the right talent.

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7 hours ago, TrenchWarfare58 said:

Is Phillip Rivers an upgrade over Brissett? Last season says no and that the Colts still have the 3rd or 4th best QB in their division. But the Colts can protect Rivers far better than the Chargers could. And they have a superior coaching staff. 

I guess Reich has history with Rivers and that probably had some to do with the decision to bring him over to Indy.

I am wondering if the Colts are targeting Jake Fromm (Georgia) in the 2nd or 3rd round, hoping they could use year to learn from Rivers.

https://coltswire.usatoday.com/2019/08/27/indianapolis-colts-draft-quarterback-andrew-luck-retirement-mock-draft-jake-fromm/

 

7 hours ago, JustRules said:

Time will tell on Rivers. It's only a one-year deal so if he doesn't work out they can cut him loose pretty quickly. It's a fairly calculated gamble. Hopefully they keep Brissett and go back to him if Rivers doesn't pan out. He's not a great quarterback, but he's still young and athletic and could probably be pretty good if surrounded by the right talent.

I'm not sure....they are paying Phillip Rivers $25 million for one season......to me, that doesn't bode well for Brissett.  He's making $10M to be disgruntled on the bench....if they do draft another QB, my guess Brissett is headed down the road.....perhaps back to New England......

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It isn't just the Buckner and Rivers signings, they also signed AC to another 2 year contract.  That means Rivers will be playing behind one of the best O lines in the NFL.  I wouldn't make too much about the year Rivers had last year.  He played behind a crappy O line.  Look at the last 5 years and you'll see he's been one of the best.  Yes, Father Time catches up to all of us and he isn't the same player he was 8 - 10 years ago.  But I believe with this line and the scheme he will play in this year, will tell us IF he is really washed up or not.  If he has a second "bad" year, then we'll  know.  But as someone pointed out, he's on a one year deal so the Colts can walk away.  I have a feeling the Colts are going to make the playoffs and Rivers will get a one year extension.  One thing is for sure, Rivers will chuck it deep.  We didn't get that with Brissett.  I see the Colts drafting a QB this year to sit behind Rivers.  Personally, I am hoping it is Jalen Hurts.  I've been seeing a lot people wanting the Colts to draft Love (Utah State), but Hurts is faster (40 time in the combine) and can run the RPO just as well.  Plus Hurts has played for 2 big time programs in Alabama and Oklahoma.  He's played in plenty of big games and won a National Championship at 'Bama.  So in that regard, I feel he will be better prepared to transition to the NFL than a lot of the other QB's in the draft.  I didn't quite get cutting Desir.  But with Ballard, who knows?  No one saw the Buckner signing coming.

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14 hours ago, itiswhatitis said:

It isn't just the Buckner and Rivers signings, they also signed AC to another 2 year contract.  That means Rivers will be playing behind one of the best O lines in the NFL.  I wouldn't make too much about the year Rivers had last year.  He played behind a crappy O line.  Look at the last 5 years and you'll see he's been one of the best.  Yes, Father Time catches up to all of us and he isn't the same player he was 8 - 10 years ago.  But I believe with this line and the scheme he will play in this year, will tell us IF he is really washed up or not.  If he has a second "bad" year, then we'll  know.  But as someone pointed out, he's on a one year deal so the Colts can walk away.  I have a feeling the Colts are going to make the playoffs and Rivers will get a one year extension.  One thing is for sure, Rivers will chuck it deep.  We didn't get that with Brissett.  I see the Colts drafting a QB this year to sit behind Rivers.  Personally, I am hoping it is Jalen Hurts.  I've been seeing a lot people wanting the Colts to draft Love (Utah State), but Hurts is faster (40 time in the combine) and can run the RPO just as well.  Plus Hurts has played for 2 big time programs in Alabama and Oklahoma.  He's played in plenty of big games and won a National Championship at 'Bama.  So in that regard, I feel he will be better prepared to transition to the NFL than a lot of the other QB's in the draft.  I didn't quite get cutting Desir.  But with Ballard, who knows?  No one saw the Buckner signing coming.

Desir was cut because he was a bit of a one hit wonder. He was a replacement level journeyman for several years who was cut a handful of times. He then got a chance in Indy and played well as a solid starter, so he was signed to a big contract. He then regressed last year, possibly due to injuries. I'm thinking that the staff must really believe in a younger guy like Ya-Sin to cut Desir.

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15 hours ago, AG said:

Desir was cut because he was a bit of a one hit wonder. He was a replacement level journeyman for several years who was cut a handful of times. He then got a chance in Indy and played well as a solid starter, so he was signed to a big contract. He then regressed last year, possibly due to injuries. I'm thinking that the staff must really believe in a younger guy like Ya-Sin to cut Desir.

Plus, I think he was a big cap hit...didn't they save something like $7M against the cap by letting him go?

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15 hours ago, TrojanDad said:

Plus, I think he was a big cap hit...didn't they save something like $7M against the cap by letting him go?

The Colts saved 6.85 million in cap money by cutting Desir (zero dead cap money).  Have seen rumors that they are wanting more cap money to sign other free agents.  One of them is rumored to be Clowney.  I really hope not.  He is over hyped and expects to be paid too much money.  Plus he gets a lot of off sides called against him.  Was hoping they might sign Anderson WR from the Jets but he just signed with the Panthers and got 20 million over 2 years.   Have a suspicion the Colts might look at a couple of guys in the XFL.  Hoping they might check out a TE named Donald Parham since the Colts could use another TE.  They have Doyle and Mo Allie Cox and that's about it.  Parham played on the Houston Roughnecks in the XFL.  Dude is 6 ft 8 in tall and 240 pounds.  He was the top TE in the XFL.  In 5 games he had 34 catches for 300+ yards and 4 TD's.  The TD total was tied for 3rd in the entire league.  The second closest TE to him in yards had 170 less than Parham.   Saw some highlights of him.  He looks promising.  Oh and he is only 22.  Doesn't turn 23 until August.

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11 hours ago, Warren05 said:

Colts have just signed Sheldon Day. 

Saw that on NFL.com.  Good depth signing.  Several good reasons:  He played with Buckner last year on the 49ers, he played at Notre Dame with Nelson,  he is a Warren Central grad so there is that homecoming factor.  Wonder if Buckner had anything to do with this signing?  Haven't seen any contract details yet, but the film I saw on him he looks really athletic.  Something that the Colts like in their defensive players.  

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The Colts signed Xavier Rhodes, CB from the Minnesota Vikings.  The deal is reportedly a one year deal worth about 5 mil.  This signing saves the Colts about 1.85 mil in cap money since they saved 6.85 mil when they cut Desir.  Rhodes hasn't been that good the past couple of years but before that he was a 3 time pro bowler and he's dealt with injuries.  Maybe a change of scenery and schemes will revive his play.  At any rate, he's a vet CB to work with the  2 young guys.  If he doesn't work out, the Colts can just walk away.  Another good deal by Ballard.

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