So, what’s next for the Indianapolis Colts?
They certainly filled some holes this week through signings and re-signings.
Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson alleviated one of their more dire needs at inside linebacker, defensive end Arthur Jones should help a much-maligned run defense and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is nice insurance for an unstable receiving corps.
Just imagine a Luck to Nicks combo, ooo wee:
But, there are still several question marks that remain: who will man the free safety position? Why haven’t the Colts found any help within the interior of the offensive line?
Center Phil Costa was recently picked up by the Colts, but it is quite an uninspiring signing.
If Costa is anything more than depth, it will be yet another questionable move by GM Ryan Grigson at the center position. I’ve only heard bad things about Costa so far and that is not even the least bit reassuring.
Grigson has to hope Khaled Holmes is the answer at center, or that he can find a quality starter in the free agent pool.
Free safety is also a position of major concern.
With the departure of Antoine Bethea, there is now a gaping hole across from LaRon Landry.
Right now, Delano Howell would be the starting free safety for the horse shoe. And while he is a solid player, he is certainly not a starting caliber player at this point in his career.
I expect the Colts to pursue a free safety in the draft, but still hold out hope that they sign safety Chris Clemons.
Regardless, this is yet another position that requires the immediate attention of Grigson and his front office.
I applaud Grigson for the job he has done so far, but he needs to have a solid showing in the home stretch. I expect that he will, and I really like Indianapolis’ chances in 2014. Go Colts!