Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Colts' free-agent targets
By Tom Carpenter
The Indianapolis Colts reportedly will have about $47 million of cap space to work with this offseason, and it sounds like they will be aggressive on the free-agent market. With the idea that free agents often hook up with former coaches, Olly Dawes of ColtsAuthority.com took a look at some of the connections the Colts coaching staff has with potential free agents and came up with a number of interesting connections, including coach Chuck Pagano's ties to the Baltimore Ravens, O-line coach Harold Goodwyn's connections to the Pittsburgh Steelers, DC Greg Manusky with the San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers, and D-line coach Gary Emanuel, who Dawes ties to Dallas Cowboys OLB Anthony Spencer.
"The big name is Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Spencer, who will be allowed to leave Dallas with Monte Kiffin installing a 4-3 defense. Spencer's reputation was mostly built on being a first round bust and primarily a run defending linebacker, but after an 11 sack season, his stock has never been higher," Dawes wrote.
"Spencer is an Indiana native and worked with Emanuel at Purdue University, so it's conceivable that Spencer will 'come home' and be the player that can set the edge in the Colts defense, improving a run defense that has been leaky all season."
The Colts did a great job on defense, despite being a bit light on talent, this season. With a lot of money to spend this offseason, they could give both sides of the ball a significant boost in playmakers.