If you asked me to describe the Ryan Grigson Era in one word, I'd choose "confused."
Grigson, whose first decisions - to cut Manning and the rest of the veterans, and to draft Luck - had been made for him, was lauded in his rookie season for his shrewd off-season signings - retaining Wayne and Mathis and signing UDFA Jerrell Freeman - and a 2012 draft class that borders on legendary.
Since the 2012 draft, Grigson's moves have been uneven at best.
He made trades to bring in Vontae Davis, a good, but inconsistent CB who is about to become a UFA and Trent Richardson, a horrible and inconsistent RB who we're stuck with for the rest of our adult lives.
He spent the GDP of a small European nation on free agents in the 2013 off-season, a vast majority of which could best be described as disappointing.
And he followed up his 2012 draft with a 2013 class that featured one starter - Hugh Thornton, due to injuries - two gentlemen who, despite the Colts having approximately 30% of their active roster on IR, spent the entire season on the inactive list (Montori Hughes and Khaled Holmes) and a guy with no knees who got cut after being arrested for public intoxication (John Boyett).
Despite some of his roster building mistakes, Grigson and the Colts have won 11 regular season games in each of their last two seasons and seem like a safe bet to own the AFC South for at least the next season or two. But if we learned anything during the Polian Era it's that regular season wins don't mean anything (unless people like you? I get confused about these things).
So now, Grigson enters what may prove to be the most vital off-season of his Indianapolis tenure. He will have approximately $40MM in cap space. He will have bad players with contracts ripe for cutting. And he will have a QB who is under a steal of a contract for two years. But Grigson must understand that the Contract Reaper will come calling when Andrew Luck's rookie deal expires and he'll be asking for - and rightfully so - a deal in the Joe Flacco Chicken Nugget Happy Meal™ range.no comments