INDIANAPOLIS – The names are starting to come off the board.
But several of their own free agents have moved on.
Unrestricted free agent Joe Haeg signed with the Bucs on Friday morning. And unrestricted tight end Eric Ebron signed with the Steelers on Friday. Another offensive lineman was lost on Saturday when Josh Andrews joined the Jets. Possible wideout returnee Devin Funchess signed with the Packers on Tuesday night.
These guys bellow are free to sign wherever they want, with free agency now a week old:
Here are the 8 free agents left on the open market:
S-Clayton Geathers (27): It took about halfway through the 2019 season, before Clayton Geathers was fully passed up on the depth chart. When the Colts were healthy at safety late in the season, Geathers was used sparingly. With the future at safety looking like it is Mallik Hooker and Khari Willis, with George Odum next up, it’s hard to see an exact fit for Geathers, unless his leadership role is something that the Colts consider too valuable. Obviously, the flip side of that is Geathers wanting to accept that, if he were to return. Good news for Geathers? He missed just 1 game this season, after being sidelined for 23 games in the previous 3 seasons. The Colts ended up drafting a safety pretty early in 2020 (Julian Blackmon-3rd round).
WR-Dontrelle Inman (30): For a second straight year, Inman finds himself on this list. The Colts and Inman had trouble finding a contract agreement at different times this past year. Because of that, and his age, it doesn’t seem like this reunion is necessary, even with the Colts needing to upgrade at wide receiver. From a big body standpoint, the Colts took steps to address that in the draft with Michael Pittman and Dezmon Patmon.
WR-Chester Rogers (25): A fractured knee cost Rogers the end to his four seasons with the Colts. Before that, Rogers continued to be the team’s punt returner, while filling some slot wideout duties. With Nyheim Hines showing plenty of flashes at punt returner and the return of Parris Campbell in 2020, the value of Rogers isn’t as immense. Having said that, the Colts have appreciated his reliability over the years so him returning and competing for a roster spot isn’t out of the question.
DE-Jabaal Sheard (30): This is probably a case in which you will see some arguments on both sides of it. Some will be scared by Sheard’s age and the lack of a consistent pass rush. Others will point to his strong presence on run downs and pretty durable career as a guy who needs to return on a short-term deal. While the Colts do have some young edge rushers they like (Kemoko Turay and Ben Banogu), they just simply don’t have the same run game presence as a guy like Sheard.
K-Adam Vinatieri (47): Is this a decision the Colts will debate a lot about in 2020? Based off what Adam Vinatieri said at the close of the 2019 season, he sounds like a guy who wants to play a 25th NFL season. But how Vinatieri recovers from knee surgery will be a huge factor if he’s going to keep kicking. And his return to full health might not happen until the summer. When asked recently about a Vinny return, the Colts have said they would let the rehab process play out. For the Colts, they must decide if it’s time to move on to a new era of kicker of if they believe post-surgery Vinny can get back to being reliable. Chase McLaughlin was outstanding in finishing the year, has been signed through the 2020 season.
RB-Jonathan Williams (25): You would have made a good amount of money before the start of the season had you bet Jonathan Williams would have a pair of 100-yard games in 2019. The Colts have 3 backs ahead of Williams all reaching the ends of their respective rookie deals in the next offseason or two. And then they turned around and drafted Jonathan Taylor. Bringing Williams back would fit the NFL mantra of ‘you can never have enough running backs’ in today’s NFL. Similar to Haeg though, Williams might want to explore more of an open opportunity to earn consistent playing time.