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Divisional Rival History:
Houston Texans: The Texans have existed now for nine years. In those nine seasons, they've only beaten the Colts twice out of 18 times.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Most of these games are close; 15 of the past 18 meetings have been decided by eight points or fewer. The Jaguars won one of the black-sheep contests, 44-17 on Dec. 10, 2006. David Garrard got hurt in the other. The third was a three-point game until a very late Indianapolis touchdown.
Tennessee Titans: The Colts own the Titans again, having won the past five matchups.
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2011 NFL Free Agent Rankings
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2011 NFL Free Agent Signings:
Jamaal Anderson, DE/DT, Falcons. Age: 25.
Signed with Colts (1 year)
Jamaal Anderson can't get to the quarterback, but is an excellent run defender. I'm ranking him relatively high because I think he could be a really good 5-technique in the 3-4.
Tommie Harris, DT, Bears. Age: 28.
Signed with Colts (1 year)
Tommie Harris is a shell of what he used to be. He's battled through way too many injuries. There's a chance he'll be able to bounce back and become a solid player once again, but I wouldn't bet on it.
- Ernie Sims, OLB, Eagles. Age: 26. -- Signed with Colts
- Darren Evans, RB, Virginia Tech. Age: N/A. -- Signed with Colts
- Joe Lefeged, SS, Rutgers. Age: 23. -- Signed with Colts
- DeMario Pressley, DT, Texans. Age: 25. -- Signed with Colts
- Dan Orlovsky, QB, Texans. Age: 28. -- Signed with Colts
Indianapolis Colts Free Agents:
Salary Cap: No cap.
Peyton Manning, QB, Colts. Age: 35.
Re-signed with Colts (5 years, $90 million)
Statistically, Peyton Manning had a poor year by his standards, throwing 17 interceptions to 33 touchdowns and generating just a 6.9 YPA. However, considering that he was working with no-names like Blair White and Jacob Tamme all year, Manning had an exceptional season. It's highly doubtful that Bill Polian will allow him to hit the open market.
Adam Vinatieri, K, Colts. Age: 38.
Re-signed with Colts (3 years)
Adam Vinatieri can still nail clutch kicks, as he showed against the Jets this January. Vinatieri hit 26-of-28 field goals in 2010, including 9-of-10 from 40-49.
Kelvin Hayden, CB, Colts. Age: 28.
Kelvin Hayden is a talented cornerback and would be ranked higher than this if he weren't so injury-prone; Hayden has missed 18 games the past three seasons.
Joseph Addai, RB, Colts. Age: 28.
Re-signed with Colts
Joseph Addai isn't the most talented runner in the NFL, but he's great on third downs as both a pass-protector and a receiver out of the backfield.
Bob Sanders, SS, Colts. Age: 30.
Signed with Chargers (1 year)
Despite being 30 years old and coming off multiple injuries, Bob Sanders is a 4-star talent. The problem is that he has 1-star durability. I just averaged the two together to get 2.5 stars. Sanders is a huge risk, but he's worth taking a chance on at the right price.
Clint Session, OLB, Colts. Age: 26.
Signed with Jaguars (5 years, $30 million)
The Colts missed Clint Session last year; he played in only five games because of an elbow injury.
Kyle DeVan (ERFA), G, Colts. Age: 26.
Re-signed with Colts
Kyle DeVan did a very good job in pass protection down the stretch, surrendering only one sack all year. However, he was heavily penalized.
Melvin Bullitt, SS, Colts. Age: 26.
Re-signed with Colts (multi-year)
The Colts lost Melvin Bullitt to a season-ending shoulder injury in early October. He's a marginal strong safety.
Mike Hart (RFA), RB, Colts. Age: 25.
Mike Hart ran impressively when given the opportunity this past season, averaging 4.3 yards per carry. I'd like to see him get more touches next year (assuming he can stay healthy).
Mike Pollak, G, Colts. Age: 26.
A marginal guard who struggles in the run-blocking department.
Antonio Johnson, DT, Colts. Age: 26.
Re-signed with Colts
Antonio Johnson has some upside as a 310-pound defensive tackle with pass-rushing ability. He played well at times this past season after a horrible 2009 campaign.
- Daniel Muir, DT, Colts. Age: 27. -- Signed with Rams (1 year, $1.85 million)
- Charlie Johnson, OT, Colts. Age: 27. -- Signed with Vikings
- Eric Foster, DT, Colts. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Colts
- Tyjuan Hagler, OLB, Colts. Age: 29.
- Aaron Francisco, S, Colts. Age: 28.
- Keyunta Dawson, DE, Colts. Age: 25. -- Signed with Lions
- Jamie Silva (RFA), S, Colts. Age: 26.
- Al Afalava (ERFA), S, Colts. Age: 24.
The 2010 campaign marked the first time the Colts haven't won at least 12 games in a season since 2001. Considering all the injuries they incurred, that's understandable. If Indianapolis can stay healthy next year, the team will once again become a Super Bowl contender.
Lions sign DE Keyunta Dawson
Colts sign DT Tommie Harris
Colts sign OLB Ernie Sims
Colts sign DE/DT Jamaal Anderson
Colts sign QB Dan Orlovsky
Vikings sign OT Charlie Johnson
Rams sign DT Daniel Muir
Colts re-sign G Kyle DeVan
Colts re-sign DT Antonio Johnson
Colts re-sign DT Eric Foster
Colts re-sign QB Peyton Manning
Colts re-sign RB Joseph Addai
Colts cut CB Kelvin Hayden
Jaguars sign OLB Clint Session
Colts re-sign K Adam Vinatieri
Colts re-sign SS Melvin Bullitt
Colts sign RB Darren Evans
Colts sign S Joe Lefeged
Colts tender DT Eric Foster
Chargers sign SS Bob Sanders
Colts sign DT DeMario Pressley
Colts cut SS Bob Sanders
Colts franchise QB Peyton Manning
- Left Tackle: Charlie Johnson, a free agent, was one of the worst left tackles in the NFL this past season. Bill Polian has to be kicking himself for passing on local product Rodger Saffold. Luckily, there will be several viable left tackle prospects to choose from with the 22nd pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, including Derek Sherrod, Tyron Smith and Anthony Castonzo. Drafted Anthony Castonzo
- Right Tackle: The right tackle position also needs to be upgraded, as Ryan Diem really struggled this year.
- Defensive Tackle: The Colts really have nothing next to Fili Moala, as Daniel Muir could be the worst starting defensive tackle in the NFL. Someone like Jurrell Casey is a second-round option. Drafted Drake Nevis; signed Tommie Harris, Jamaal Anderson and DeMario Pressley
- Right Guard: The rotation of Mike Pollak and Jeff Linkenbach proved to be ineffective in 2010. Indianapolis will look at Rodney Hudson in Round 2. Drafted Ben Ijalana
- Wide Receiver: Reggie Wayne turns 33 in the middle of the 2011 season. Anthony Gonzalez can't stay healthy. Austin Collie is a couple of concussions away from calling it quits. The Colts need a receiver, and they'll probably target this position in Rounds 3-5.
- Strong Safety: Indianapolis will need a capable strong safety when Bob Sanders gets injured next season. Re-signed Melvin Bullitt; drafted Chris L. Rucker; signed Joe Lefeged
- Running Back: The Colts will have problems at running back next year if they don't re-sign Joseph Addai. Re-signed Joseph Addai; drafted Delone Carter; signed Darren Evans
- Quarterback: Peyton Manning is 35. He's entering the final stage of his career, so the Colts should think about spending a mid-round pick on a possible successor. Signed Nate Davis and Dan Orlovsky
- Punter: Pat McAfee is not getting the job done.
2011 NFL Draft Grades:
The Colts had one primary goal entering the 2011 NFL Draft. That, of course, was to bolster the offensive line to improve Peyton Manning's pass protection. I'd say they did a good job.
Anthony Castonzo, arguably the top left tackle in this class, was a steal at No. 22. He could have easily gone in the teens. In fact, he may have been New England's choice if his agent weren't Tom Condon. Meanwhile, Ben Ijalana could have been drafted at the end of Round 1 without anyone calling it a reach. Getting him in the middle of Round 2 was a great move.
Overall 2011 NFL Draft Grade given on 5/1/11: A+
2011 NFL Draft Individual Grades:
22. Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
This is a perfect pick for the Colts. They need to protect Peyton Manning's blind side, and Anthony Castonzo was projected to be drafted somewhere in the teens. Bill Polian strikes gold again. (Pick Grade: A)
49. Ben Ijalana, G/OT, Villanova
Another awesome selection. The Colts really needed to improve Peyton Manning's protection, and Bill Polian is making sure his quarterback actually has some time in the pocket for a change. Ben Ijalana could have gone at the bottom of the first round. (Pick Grade: A)
87. Drake Nevis, DT, LSU
I don't think anyone is surprised that the Colts are upgrading the defensive tackle position. Drake Nevis was considered a Round 3-4 prospect by most, so he definitely fits the range. Nevis is probably the last of the Day 2 defensive tackle prospects, so I can't blame Bill Polian for pulling the trigger. (Pick Grade: B)
119. Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse
Joseph Addai is a possible free agent and Donald Brown has been a disappointment, so you can understand this pick. This is the right range for Delone Carter. Decent pick. (Pick Grade: B)
188. Chris L. Rucker, CB/S, Michigan State
The Colts were expected to draft a defensive back on Day 3, so this pick makes sense. Chris L. Rucker was projected to go in Round 6. (Pick Grade: B)
2011 Indianapolis Colts Analysis: The fate of the 2011 Indianapolis Colts rests on Peyton Manning's shoulders. Or rather, his neck. If Manning can play close to 100 percent, Indianapolis should capture yet another AFC South title. If, however, Manning struggles like he did in 2008, a team like the Texans could snatch the divisional crown away from them.
There's no way of knowing Manning's true status until he's actually on the field, but the fact that he figures to miss most, if not all of the preseason while remaining on the active/PUP list is somewhat troubling.
Projection: 10-6 (1st in AFC South)
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