The Indianapolis Colts took care of one position, but what about the rest?
The new league year officially started on Wednesday and the Colts could use a few more signings.
Wide receiver, defensive end, safety, and kicker are the top priorities.
Here are the Colts’ best options.
Wide Receiver: Emmanuel Sanders (San Francisco 49ers)
Sanders is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and topped the 800-yard receiving mark for the fifth time in six years.
Sanders played in the Super Bowl after coming over in a trade with the Denver Broncos.
In 2019, Sanders finished with a total of 66 receptions, 869 receiving yards, and five touchdowns.
Sanders brings nearly 10-years of NFL service and would be a perfect player to show up in big-game situations.
Emmanuel Sanders with the TD catch..
— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) September 15, 2019
The Colts are in win-now mode after signing quarterback Phillip Rivers to a one-year deal.
That means the Colts need to surround Rivers with a few more weapons.
As of now, the No. 2 receiver is Zach Pascal, who finished 2019 with 41 receptions for 607 yards and five touchdowns.
Sanders brings a winning-pedigree and is a pretty solid receiver.
Honorable Mention: Breshad Perriman
Defensive End: Everson Griffen (Minnesota Vikings)
Griffin is the same age as Sanders (32) and also has a “win-now” feel to his value.
In 2019, Griffin finished with 8.0 sacks and 41 combined tackles.
Overall, he can still hold down the position.
I don’t know what kind of money Everson Griffen is going to garner at age 32 but he’s been consistently productive for the Vikings.
Last 4 years 16 game pace stats
47 tackles 10 sacks 10 TFL
24 QB hits
He’s also had the benefit of great talent around him as well.
— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) February 20, 2020
Justin Houston led the Colts with 11.0 sacks last year.
Darius Leonard was second with 5.0 sacks.
Adding Griffen to the mix would provide problems for opposing offenses.
— Athlete Vidz (@Athlete_Vidz) January 5, 2020
Honorable Mention: Pernell McPhee
Safety: HaHa Clinton-Dix (Chicago Bears)
See the trend?
Now, Clinton-Dix is just 27 years old but could be playing for his third team in three seasons.
The 2019 season was successful for the former Green Bay Packer and Chicago Bear.
Clinton-Dix finished the season with 78 combined tackles and two interceptions.
There are some concerns with his tackling ability (nine missed tackles in each of the last two seasons.)
Still, in coverage, Clinton-Dix has solid play and the Colts only safety on the roster is Khari Willis.
Haha Clinton-Dix gets it started early for the Bears D.
— Sports Plug (@SportsPlug_) September 24, 2019
Honorable Mention: Vonn Bell
Kicker: Greg Zuerlein (Los Angeles Rams)
If you want to win now, you aren’t going to get the job done with a kicker who makes 78% of his kicks.
The current situation in the kicking department features Chase McLaughlin.
McLaughlin was 18 of 23 last season, including a 50-yard field goal on Week 17.
However, if Zuerlein is available, then bring the veteran into Indy.
Greg Zuerlein has ice in his veins ❄️
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) January 20, 2019
Zuerlein had the worst kicking season of his career in 2019 by kicking just 24 of 33 attempts (72%).
However, his prior two seasons featured Zuerlein converting 27 of 31 attempts (2018), and 38 of 40 (2017).
He also boasts the bigger leg, which featured hitting a 58-yard field goal last season.
If you are the Colts, you don’t want to lose a playoff game with an inexperienced kicker.
Honorable Mention: Kai ForbathNEXT: Report: Colts Showing Interest In Tight End Delanie Walker