The Colts came to terms with Vontae Davis. He signed for 4 years and $39 million according to Adam Schefter.
Glad to welcome back Vontae Davis to the team! #COLTSTRONG— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) March 11, 2014
Colts are giving CB Vontae Davis a four-year, $39 million deal, including $20 million guaranteed, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2014
According to Adam Schefter and several other sources, the Colts have signed former Ravens DE Arthur Jones to a 5-year contract worth around $6 million per season.
Colts are signing former Ravens DT Arthur Jones to a deal around $6 million per season, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2014
Looks like the Arthur Jones news was correct. Multiple reports now that a deal is done. Nothing official yet from #Colts.— George Bremer (@gmbremer) March 11, 2014
Lost in all the free agency excitement, the Colts and safety Sergio Brown agreed to terms on a new deal. Brown’s numbers might not impress right away, but he has been a monster on special teams.
For the past month, we've discussed how Ryan Grigson and the Colts should approach Free Agency. The time for talk and speculation is finally over and the time for the Colts to spend money like it's going out of style is upon us.
In this week's Fireside Chat, we approach Free Agency from the fan's point of view, mad lib style. Today's question:
"In 12 hours, the Colts will have ____________ and I will be _______________."
Our answers after the jump. Yours in the comments below.no comments
As you certainly know by now, on Thursday the Colts finally, mercifully, released Samson Satele. The timing of the move was a bit surprising, since there was no real incentive to cutting him now rather than after they had signed a replacement. He must have been pretty lousy, huh?
Let’s have a moment of silence for my beloved WTF is Samson Satele Thinking? segments.
Thank you. Seriously, though, I wish the guy well. For all his faults, he always tried hard. He’s good enough to be a backup center, but woe to the team that signs him as a starter.
The last couple weeks, I looked at two possible Satele replacements, Alex Mack and Brian de la Puente. Cleveland slapped the transition tag on Mack, which means the Colts would have to come up with an offer the Browns didn’t want to match to get him. The Browns are one of three teams with more cap space than the Colts, so that seems unlikely. De la Puente, meanwhile, is an inconsistent schmuck.
This week, I went into my analysis of Green Bay’s Evan Dietrich-Smith hoping he’d at least be a little better than Satele and would present a viable alternative to Mack.
After charting four of Dietrich-Smith’s games (week 1 at San Francisco, week 2 vs. Washington, week 6 at Baltimore and week 17 at Chicago), I think he’s far and away the Colts’ best option of the three marquee free agent centers. He’s not quite as good as Mack, but he’s not far off, and he’s a much more realistic target. If he’ll take a reasonable contract (say, three years and $10-11 million), he could be the answer to the Colts’ center issues.
DISCLAIMER: Grading offensive line play is inevitably subjective, since it’s impossible to know assignments and how the linemen are coached. These scores are based on whether the lineman appeared to succeed in his assignments, based on his apparent targets and how the plays developed. I assign all blocks a grade of ‘+’ (good block), ‘-’ (bad block) or ‘/’ (not involved, usually meaning the lineman couldn’t find anyone to block); ‘/’ plays are not scored. See here for an explanation of my terminology.no comments
Twitter is amusing. Amusing in the sense that in the span of one hour, I got to witness first-hand, the 5 stages of grief and loss over a rumor that may or may not be true. According to a report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Vontae Davis is likely to sign with a team other than the Indianapolis Colts come Tuesday when the League New Year begins.
At first, Colts fans were hesitant to believe the report claiming it as a smoke-screen set up by Davis’ agent, which very well could be the case. Denial.
I saw fans criticizing General Manager Ryan Grigson for not locking up the starting corner and fans condemning Davis for being a “greedy money grabber”. Anger.
Fans were saying that they wouldn’t mind overpaying for a talent like Davis, tweeting to owner Jim Irsay to sign him no matter the cost. Bargaining.
Fans spiraled into sadness wishing for a sense of stability for the team and conceded the fact that the Colts would be “doomed to bad corner play just like the Polian era”. Depression.
Eventually fans realized that there may be other options to keep the Colts in Super Bowl Contention. Acceptance.
That’s the stage I want to focus on. Let’s start by realizing that until 4:00 P.M. EST on March 11th, Davis cannot sign with any team other than the Colts so the Colts still have time to get Vontae to change his mind if he is, indeed, leaning toward going elsewhere. If Davis happens to sign a long term contract with Indianapolis, I will be one of the first to emit a sigh of relief, but it’s important to keep an open mind to all of the other opportunities that will present themselves if the Colts’ brass fails to get the deal done. With around $34 million in cap space, the Colts have a lot of wiggle room to fill their secondary with talent.
The big free agent frenzy is still a few hours away, and the Colts have continued to take care of a few in-house contracts during the calm before the storm. Monday night, they re-signed defensive tackle (aka 3-4 Right Defensive End) Fili Moala. Reportedly to a one-year deal. Again.