The year 2019 was a whirlwind for the Indianapolis Colts.
First, they were blindsided by Andrew Luck‘s retirement a couple of weeks before the season opener. Then, they proceeded to go 5-2 over their first seven games under the direction of Jacoby Brissett and looked like legitimate contenders in the AFC. Finally, a rash of injuries played a huge role in the Colts going just 2-7 over their final nine games to miss the playoffs.
While Indianapolis isn’t 100 percent committed to Brissett, you have to think Indy will give him one more year under center before cutting ties with him, but supplying him with more talent should be a priority (on both sides of the ball).
Here are three free agents for the Colts to targets this offseason:
3. CB Logan Ryan
Indianapolis will probably have around $100 million in cap room this offseason, so it can certainly afford to splurge on some of the better players on the market.
If Logan Ryan isn’t the best cornerback available, he’s certainly one of them.
Not only does Ryan have plenty of big-game experience from his days with the New England Patriots (and now the Tennessee Titans), but Ryan just posted 113 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions, four forced fumbles, and 18 passes defended in a monster 2019 regular season.
He also picked off former teammate Tom Brady for the game-clinching touchdown in the wild card round.
With Rock Ya-Sin having an up-and-down rookie season and Pierre Desir disappointing, the Colts could certainly use some help at corner, and Ryan would represent an instant upgrade.
2. DT Arik Armstead
Arik Armstead was one of the NFL’s biggest breakout stars this season, racking up 54 tackles and 10 sacks during the regular season with the San Francisco 49ers.
Armstead was always a very good run-stopper, but this year, he also emerged as a lethal pass-rushing threat on the interior.
Now, it is a bit peculiar that Armstead did not bust out as a sack guy until his contract year, as he accumulated a total of nine sacks over his first four seasons, but perhaps he legitimately improved.
The Colts need another pass rusher and can especially use someone to clog the middle, and Armstead would help them in both areas.
Imagine a front four that includes Armstead and Justin Houston?
1. WR Robby Anderson
The Colts entered the 2019 campaign with T.Y. Hilton and Devin Funchess as their top two wide receivers and were hoping that rookie wideout Parris Campbell would produce, but Funchess played in just one game before a broken collarbone ended his season and Campbell didn’t do much before breaking his hand.
Hilton also missed time with injuries.
There are numerous receivers on the free-agent market, such as Amari Cooper and A.J. Green, but Cooper seems like a sure bet to re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys, and Green’s injury woes are becoming a serious issue.
Anderson may end up being one of the best choices for many teams, as he has great size (6-foot-3) and speed and has posted solid production in four years with the New York Jets in spite of playing in a terrible offensive system.
A duo of Hilton and Anderson may be just what the doctor ordered, especially considering that Funchess is a free agent, as well.