Colts GM Discusses Inactivity Early In Free Agency

The Colts entered the offseason expected to make several splashes, given the team’s abundance of cap space. That so far has not happened, with the team opting to re-sign players like Adam Vinatieri and Margus Hunt rather than make a move for big names like Trey Flowers and Le’Veon Bell

On Thursday, general manager Chris Ballard addressed the team’s relative inactivity early in free agency in an appearance on The Jeff and Big Joe Show on 1070 WFAN in Indianapolis on Thursday.

“If we get to a point, and you can read this as you want to read it, a true difference-maker in the free agent market, I’m good paying for,” Ballard said. “But they have to be a true difference-maker, unquestionably. Not the media saying he’s a true difference-maker, the tape saying he’s a true difference-maker.”

That comment obviously means the team didn’t view the likes of Bell, Flowers and even Landon Collins as valuable upgrades over pieces already in place. With more than $70MM still available in cap space, more than $30MM more than the next closest team, the Colts still have plenty of room to make several moves to upgrade the roster with value moves at the back end of free agency.

The team has been more active recently, inking former Chiefs pass rusher Justin Houston to a two-year deal and bringing in receiver Devin Funchess as a big-bodied complement to star wideout T.Y. Hilton.

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14 comments on “Colts GM Discusses Inactivity Early In Free Agency

    • jkoms57

      Exactly. Free agent moves rarely work out.

      Teams that build through competition and having players for their primes prevail.

  1. imgman09

    Yes agreed, also Agee with Ballard,there’s no real big difference makers.I think just a few pieces here and there will be fine to do well again next year

    • jkoms57

      Very weak market.. unless you want to overpay a running back and an interior linebacker

    • nsideindy

      This is where the “thumb down” icon came in handy. For posters who know nothing about the game and offer no substance in their comments

        • nsideindy

          What I’m saying is if you are going to comment (well really just throw out an insult) add a little substance. Maybe explain why he’s a joke when most people think he’s done a good job. Is it asking to much to ask you to add something to the conversation besides a random insult?

  2. Yep it is

    I like Ballard but paying Justin Houston that kind of scratch was absurd.

    • jkoms57

      It was a why not with that amount of cap space..

      Plus it’s NFL so prob only half of it is guaranteed

      • cka2nd

        And 18.5 sacks over the last two years isn’t anything to sneeze at.

  3. crosseyedlemon

    Less than 5% of players that test free agency are what would be classified as “true difference makers”. Maybe Ballard doesn’t understand the concept of acquiring positional depth (which is the primary benefit of the FA market).

    • jkoms57

      I will agree with this.

      As a Steelers fan who noses up at big dollar free agents,, even I am happy with 3 C+ talents in Barron, Moncreif and Stephen Nelson because it created depth at areas of need.

      Now don’t have to reach in the draft.

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