Jim Irsay tweets, Matt Hasselbeck and Aubrayo Franklin sign... we'll talk about this and more on tonight's show, live at 8pm ET. At 8:30pm will be joined by B/R's Tyler Brooke to discuss the Colts acquisitions and look at their remaining needs as we head towards April's draft.no comments
All Colts fans will be familiar with Jim Irsay's Twitter adventures over the weekend. Our eccentric owner was regularly tweeting that Indy were working on a trade to bring a wide receiver to the team, but that the deal was taking longer than they had hoped.
We've heard very little on the matter since, and as the Colts moved to signed veterans Matt Hasselbeck and Aubrayo Franklin on Tuesday, it seems that attention may be turned to the Draft as the team search for another weapon for Andrew Luck.
Donnie Avery was allowed to leave, as he took his drops to Kansas City, whilst Austin Collie also wasn't renewed, leaving the team with a gaping hole in the offense.
Fortunately, there are a number of options that are likely to be available for Indianapolis with their first round pick, and two of my personal favourites are California's Keenan Allen and DeAndre Hopkins of Clemson.no comments
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On Tuesday, the Tennessee Titans released three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck when they couldn’t come to an agreement to restructure his contract. Not long after, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that ten different teams, the Cardinals, Bills, Bears, Browns, Bengals, Giants, 49ers, Saints, Buccaneers, and the Colts had already shown interest in signing the fourteen-year veteran. Then, USA Today narrowed down that long list of suitors to just one, Indianapolis, where Hasselbeck was already close to signing his two-year, $8 million contract.
Hasselbeck began his career in 1999 as a sixth round pick and a backup to Brett Favre, and spent the past two seasons in Nashville with the Titans. However, he is best known for his ten seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, where he went 69-62 as a starter and earned three trips to the Pro Bowl and one Super Bowl start.no comments no comments
[Editor's Note: The following is a guest post from Colts Authority Reader Matt Shedd. I hope you enjoy his approach to analyzing the Colts' free agent signings. Let him know in the comments below!]
I’m a Colts fan, and it’s free agency. That typically means that I should be doing nothing but reading mock drafts, preparing to see the new stock of talent that the Colts will bring in and develop. Of course, that was the pattern of fandom under the Old Regime.
This off-season, however, is filled with excitement—whether that is good for the team or not remains to be seen. Free agency is exciting this year. The Colts are actually going after people. Jim Irsay is throwing money around like he is buying up real estate in a game of Monopoly. The new excitement comes with a new set of questions.
What are the Colts actually getting out of all their money spent? How do you even judge a GM during free agency? How do you actually decide the value of a free agent?
That is the question I set out to understand. You can judge FA acquisitions from a few different viewpoints, such as player talent, market, or raw numbers. The question I wanted to seek, though, was what value each of our new players brought to their last team, and compare that to what we paid them.
While rumors of a mega deal for a mystery wide receiver continure to swirl, and Matt Hasselbeck has kinda almost just about finalized a deal to be Andrew Luck's backup, we're going to take a quick look at some quotes and back stories for recent additions LaRon Landry, Donald Thomas, Gosder Cherilus, and Lawrence Sidbury.
OG Donald Thomas
New England Patriots offensive guard Donald Thomas (64) is interviewed by recording artist Ciara (left) during media day in preparation for Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
In summing up his reasoning for coming to Indianapolis, Donald Thomas said, "I feel like we have a really great team here and it’s on the rise. I really wanted to be a part of that.” He's also here because he hasn't been a full-time starter since his second year in the league. It's time for a new opportunity.
The Patriots offensive line is very good, good enough to keep a solid player waiting in the wings behind Pro Bowl-caliber starters. Thomas was one of their top backups, and he started seven games last season, including…that spectactularly awful Colts-Patriots contest.
According to ESPN’s Football Journey feature on him from last year, Thomas was a walk-on at Connecticut who began playing football after his freshman year because he was bored. With some encouragement from UConn football players, he tried out as a sophomore. After working his way up from redshirt to special teams to a backup with a few starts under his belt, Thomas was invited to return as a fifth year senior with a scholarship.no comments no comments