“Well it’s Groundhog Day….again.”
Famous words from Bill Murray’s character Phil Connors from ‘Groundhog Day’, in which the insensitive weatherman relives the same day over and over again when stuck in a time loop. Colts fans are the Phil Connors when it comes to fan bases every year free agency rolls around. Every year we think the Colts will be big spenders and every year when the negotiating window begins we get crickets. With a team loaded with holes on the roster at major positions Monday seemed like this was finally going to be the year the Colts shook things up and made some bold moves. But alas….the Colts made one move during the early hours of the negotiating window and it was one of their in-house free agents.
The #Colts are re-signing TE Mo-Alie Cox to a three-year, $18 million deal, per source.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 14, 2022
There’s nothing wrong with Mo Alie-Cox but bringing him back isn’t going to get the fan base fired up or even solve the need for more receivers for whoever the quarterback is going to be. Speaking of quarterbacks, Mitch Trubisky and Teddy Bridgewater are off the board so a very thin free agent quarterback group got even thinner on Monday. The receiving options got thinner as well with Christian Kirk, Zay Jones, C.J. Uzomah, Evan Engram, Zach Ertz and others all going off the board. The Colts also saw offensive lineman Mark Glowinski head to the New York Giants. There was a report that the Colts reached out to the Houston Texans for quarterback Deshaun Watson but unsurprisingly Houston quickly squashed any notion they’d even remotely consider trading within the division.
Houston has declined Indianapolis’ attempt to speak with Deshaun Watson, per source. Houston comfortable trading Watson – just not in the AFC South.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2022
So with the most cap space in the NFL to spend, the Colts decided to use the early window to sit on their hands and let the market come to them. As of right now, no one is coming to the Colts. That will change but it’s a bit disheartening to see a team with so many needs follow the exact same blueprint they have during Chris Ballard’s tenure. There’s plenty of time and impactful players to be had with no reason to push the panic button. But for a team in need of change, on Monday, the Colts were stuck in Punxsutawney once again.
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