It seems Colts GM Ryan Grigson has seen the writing on the wall and has made some moves to clear up more cash from underperforming players. Last week brought the end to one of the biggest free agent signing bust made by Grigson, LaRon Landry, now the team is clearing another 5 million in cap space by releasing DT, Ricky Jean Francois. RJF wasn’t a particularly bad signing as he amassed 54 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 26 games (23 starts) but with Arthur Jones signing last season, his salary 6 million (4.75 in cap relief) pushes the Colts stockpile up to 43 million. Factor in possible cap relief by voiding Trent Richardson’s deal (3 million) as well potentially releasing Erik Walden and the team could be pushing nearly 50 million in cap money available, allowing the team to be one of the wealthiest in free agency.
So, does this indicate that the team will actually be players in free agency? It seems that the team has some plan in place, otherwise they wouldn’t making all of these moves before free agency. Maybe the bigger question is, will they target one the big name players: Suh, Peterson (if available) Farely, Iopoti, Murray, Gore, Revis? As with each cap-saving move, Grigson seems to be signaling that any of the names could be fair game to target once they are able to start laying the parameters for deals (March 7th) with signings on the 10th.
We at TBF have pointed out that Grigson has made some poor free agent signings and player acquisitions, yet we have also seen the positives like: Freeman, Davis, Redding. What all this boils down to is Grigson can’t afford to whiff on another crop of free agents and draft picks if the Colts are to be legitimate contenders in the conference and more importantly, the league. It seems like the stars are aligning for some bigger signings, and it appears that the team will have ample cash to do so. Now, it’s time to put up or shut up.