The Indianapolis Colts have already had a busy offseason. General manager Chris Ballard shipped off starting quarterback Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders in one of the biggest trades of the year. Now the Colts will move forward with a playoff-ready roster that has questions at the most important position in sports. Luckily, Indianapolis has the most cap space in the league heading into free agency. Expect Ballard and head coach Frank Reich to aggressively pursue players that can push the Colts into the postseason in 2022. Here are two players the Colts should target this offseason.
Colts Free Agency Targets
Whoever plays quarterback for the Colts will need someone to throw to. As of now, Indianapolis has one of the worst wide receiving rooms in the NFL. Michael Pittman Jr. would be better served as a second option, not as the lead receiver on any team. TY Hilton is far past his prime, and the constant rotation of third receivers filling in hasn’t yielded many positive results. It’s time for the Colts to finally fix this problem.
Allen Robinson is as close as Indy will get to an instant fix. The former Chicago Bears wideout has had a couple of rough seasons, but that’s mainly because he was stuck in Chicago’s terrible passing offense. Robinson has the ability to be a top-15 receiver in the NFL with the right situation. While Indianapolis doesn’t have a quarterback yet, they have proven themselves to be a solid offense at the very least. Adding Robinson would only improve them, and the Colts have the cap space to do it. Robinson is already drawing a lot of interest.
Bears WR Allen Robinson likely to draw FA interest from Browns, Jets, Lions and Raiders (per @RapSheet)https://t.co/hTezguskmk pic.twitter.com/nlq1Qg9XXx
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) March 13, 2022
Marcus Mariota could be the solution to the Colts’ quarterback problem. The former second overall pick is obviously talented, and he hasn’t gotten a starting shot aside from his first couple of seasons in the league. It’s reasonable to think that with age, Mariota can improve to a starting-caliber quarterback. In his lone game playing significant snaps for the Raiders, Mariota threw for 226 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 88 yards and another score. The Colts should be willing to take a flier on his potential, provided the price is right.
While it’s unlikely Mariota plays elite football, he should be average at the very least. That is all Indianapolis should be looking for. The Colts are so good on defense and in the run game that they don’t need an elite signal-caller. All Mariota would have to do is take care of the ball and make the easy throws. Indianapolis wouldn’t be asking for 300 passing yards per game from him. This is a much better situation than Mariota had when he was drafted to the Tennessee Titans, and he managed to make the playoffs with Tennessee.
Mariota’s price tag is another appealing part of this signing. It should be an incredibly low-risk, high-reward situation. The former Oregon Duck has seldom seen action in the last three years, which significantly damages his value. The Colts should be able to pick him up for cheap and try him out as their starter. If it doesn’t work out, no harm done because of how small the contract would be. If it does, Indianapolis has found a starter for one of the lowest prices in the NFL. Overall, signing Mariota would be a huge victory for the Colts.