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    The analyst is Bill Barnwell.... he writes for the ESPN.com website. Covers football mostly from an analytical perspective. He likes our signings of Sherard and Simon.... I'm going to cut and paste his write-ups.... DL Jabaal Sheard, Colts Grade: B+ The Patriots got solid production out of their two years with Sheard, although the defensive lineman ceded snaps to Trey Flowers as the 2016 season went along. On 636 pass rushes over the past two seasons, Sheard generated 13 sacks and 22 quarterback knockdowns. Over that same time frame, Packers LB Nick Perry had 14.5 sacks and 20 knockdowns on 543 pass rushes for the Packers. Perry has been more productive, but he is earning $60 million over five years. Sheard is getting less than half that -- $25.5 million and $12.8 million in guarantees -- on his new three-year deal with the Colts. I'd prefer to take a shot on Sheard breaking out given more playing time than to pay Perry as a premium pass-rusher. OLB John Simon, Colts Grade: B+ Some of it must have come from playing alongside J.J. Watt from 2014-15, but Simon was quietly a useful rotation pass-rusher on the edge for the Texans. He had 8.5 sacks and 21 quarterback knockdowns in the past two seasons while playing just more than 56 percent of Houston's defensive snaps. There's plenty of upside there, given that Simon is solid against the run and won't turn 27 until October. Ironically, this is the exact sort of player former Colts general manager Ryan Grigson took chances on in free agency early during the Andrew Luck era, but the difference here is price. While Grigson paid players like Ricky Jean-Francois and Greg Toler like they were already valuable starters, new general manager Chris Ballard picked up Simon for just $13.5 million over three years with $5.5 million guaranteed.
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    Gotta appreciate what Adams did here for three years.
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    I know the trolls will have to remind me "The season hasn't started yet" or "winning the offseason means nothing". However, I love what Ballard has done so far. I thought even last year Dwayne Allen should be traded away while he had value. He is too inconsistent and hurt too often. So getting a 4th out of Allen in a year that is strong in defense and RB, too Colts needs, is a good move. I like how he has released/not resigned some vets we had. They were just too slow to inconsistent. As far as free agents, I had hoped the Colts would sign John Simon. He is a perfect weakside LB to take Waldens place. Very good against the run. We have also gotten a punter and a flyer on Mingo. But most importantly, none of these guys are costing the Colts much as far as free agents go. After watching Grigson open up the checkbook for too many over the hill players or part time starters who never amounted to anything, I have real optimism that Ballard is going to turn this defense around quickly. Simon is a very high character, high intensity guy. We need more of them in the locker room.
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    So let me get this straight... We sign the guy everyone wanted, and people are still finding ways to complain? This board is NEVER satisfied.
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    I know virtually nothing, But I agree with this guy completely
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    We owe Mike a lot of thanks, he was a visual leader for the defense and played harder at 35 than some players 10 years younger than him. Thanks Mike!
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    I'd do a one year deal with the Revis opt out function. I don't want to invest in him long term, but he could help short term. And if he opted out and re-signed somewhere else, he'd bring back a comp pick.
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    If you see the hate I assume you have noticed the explanations why taking a RB in the first is a bad idea.
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    Interesting. The top CBs on the market all got paid. Probably means we're drafting a CB early. And Ballard continues to get rid of Grigson mistakes. No one is safe.
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    Sorry folks for the long wind, but this story might be too old for many newer members to know of, and it is a stain on the brain of all who lived through it. Seasons 2005-2007 The Eagles picked Simon with the #6 overall pick in the 2000 draft. In his first year he broke the Eagles' rookie record with 9.5 sacks. Despite not reaching that number again, he still put up 32 sacks in his first 5 years as an Eagle. Not to bad for a DT. However.. Problems were already showing as his rookie contract was on the back side. Corey started holding out of camp hoping to get a lucrative long term deal. The Eagles issue was he appeared to do little more than eat during the time he would hold out, and then show up to camp totally out of shape. If you check his 2004 overall stats, they appear pretty good. However, a detailed check shows Simon was out of shape and was nearly worthless in the first half of the while he played himself into 'football' shape. The latter half of the season, Corey performed like the Pro-Bowl player everyone expected from him- but not for a full season, but just the second half. The next season, Corey holds out again and the Eagles slap the Franchise tag on him, hoping to trade him. Well, who is going to trade for a (disgruntled at that) dude with no contract? So the Eagles relent, rescind the tag and just plain cut him. A pro bowl DT at the end of a rookie deal. Cut. See ya. The Colts, sorely lacking in interior D-line help, moves Bill Polian out of character and to jump in on Simon to the tune of 5 years for 30 million beginning 2005. Remember, we were running our Dungy/Kiffin Tampa 2 defense. We had zone CB's and a smaller, faster, lighter D line and speedy aggressive edge rushers. What we needed was penetrating undertackle. But we found ourselves in trouble when Mr. "I got paid" showed up to Colts training camp. Known as a smaller, fast (scheme fit) pass rushing DT, he showed up to camp ballooned to well over 300 lbs. He got Zero sacks, posted his lowest tackle total, and only played in 13 games. If he did anything at all, then say it was help out our typically poor run defense some. OK, Corey has his big contract in hand, and now a year in the Colts system under his belt. Surely he'll show up to 2006 camp on time, work out with the team and show a huge rebound year, right? (laughing maniacally) Not quite. Somehow, Simon was able to injure his knee and miss all of training camp and the first 4 games of the season. Pffftttt. So much for any rebound. But wait... that's not all.. Corey Simon was then mysteriously placed on the non-football illness/injury list with an undisclosed ailment, {which is speculated on to this day, as far as I know} not to play at all the rest of that season. Then the fight over pay / bonus money, etc... delaying his dismissal. So now Polian is forced to trade with the Tampa Bay Bucs to get Anthony "Booger" McFarland (giving a 2nd round draft pick) to fill in Simon's spot at UT to go along with our other DT, Monte Reagor. Hold on, there's more! Then on October 22, someone drills Monte Reagor's vehicle (with theirs) while he is on the way to the stadium for a game, ending his season (he could not even play in the Super Bowl!) Speaking of which, it's amazing we even got there with all of this. Without Booger, not sure we could have done it. So the Fact Booger flamed out right after that doesn't even matter to me. His 11 games in in 2006 in a system he was already familiar with was what we needed despartely that year, and in SB XLI. Next year, Corey shows up to Colts camp for 2007 at over 320 punds (remember Polian had supposedly 'bought' a small fast DT pass rusher as an UT in the Colts Tampa 2? LOL!! ), and he immediately failed the physical. It wasn't too long after Irsay announces the Colts had then terminated the contract of Corey Simon. I'm not ever sure if the Colts won or lost the money battle, don't really care now. But anyone reading this story now understands Bill Polians's disdain from FA, and why he went to the HOF on his talent scouting acumen (even UDFA) and team building, not getting great FA deals done. To top it off, McFarland was furious for Polian getting him away from Tampa. Before I hear "Yeah, but we got him a Super Bowl Ring", I caution, he already had one with the Bucs, and it might have been his help that got us the ring (in a weird way), I've heard him on his radio show says he's way over it now, and He and Bill have patched things up, so all is good there. Bill Polian is on record saying this incident was a huge mistake and is reason number 1 why he is/was the way he was regarding the free agent market.. He says you learn to stick to the things you do well, and going out on the FA market and bringing in guys is not what we did well. So if Poe's story is looking anything like this Corey Simon saga, I'm in your corner. Otherwise, I Think Ballard's knowledge of the player, his work ethic, etc. will trump fears of another Corey Simon drama. EDIT: Simon joined the Titans after the Colts released him. He played 4 of the 6 Titans games, then retired. He reported his ailment with the Colts and Titans was Polyarthritis. Again, sorry for length, but a good story that answer lots of questions.
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    I feel la canfora should never use the term "come correct"
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    Why do people name their kids something boring like "Barkevious?" Probably had 3 other kids named Barkevious in his class growing up. So confusing.
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    Awesome lol now he will unlock all his real talent and kick the % out of us.....
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    Just bring him back on a 2 year deal already. His versatility at slot CB and safety are great, and we need help at both.
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    he was decent, but easily replaceable
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    Pretty sure every team's goal is to find a bunch of LBs that can stop the run, cover and rush the passer well. . . Those are called pro bowlers.
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    Insane that this even has to be explained
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    I am grateful that you are not our GM....
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    Can anyone tell me if the Colts signed Sheard? I only see 5 threads on it and want to be sure
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    Ahhhh......... Nice to see that even on the first day of free agency we can't escape or avoid yet another "I hate Chuck Pagano" type of thread. The haters just never take a day off. Odds are they were fueled in part by the lack of activity by our new GM, so they took their frustration out on their favorite whipping boy. It's just another day here in paradise........
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    After reading this it bothers me that there are too many forum members who have been infested mentally by the Patriots.
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    Good point. Poe nor his agent is going to be able to pull a fast one on Ballard, not with his knowledge of Poe. If he signs or doesn't, it will be a very well informed decision.
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    I think you are looking too deep. Allen has talent. He will be very good in NE IF he can stay healthy
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    Not sure if you noticed, We need run stoppers. 7 of them in fact
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    Sheard, Simon, and Mingo aren't the kind of players you alter your draft decisions for.
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    I will be quite honest with you, i dont get peoples fascination with being the first to post a forum thread with news. The funniest part about it is, most the people that posted those threads, are people that are almost never active on here
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    I actually like Stephen Morris.
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    I'd rather bring Jeff George back.
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    I was not a fan at all when he was brought on board, but he won me over in time. I thank him, sincerely, for his contributions and wish him well in continuing his playing in the NFL.
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    Good luck elsewhere Walden thanks for all the contributions you made to the colts the last 4 seasons.
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    I am somewhat surprised by the negative comments toward Allen. His biggest problem was that he couldn't stay healthy, I'm not sure that you can blame him for that. When healthy he was a good TE, not great but good. Personally, I wish him nothing but the best in New England, he seems like a good guy on and off the field. On a side note, I also wish people would get away from calling players garbage, worthless, saying they suck, etc. Of all the players playing football from high school on, these few made it to the highest level of play, the NFL. They do not suck, they are not worthless and they are not garbage, at least as far as their ability to play football.
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    I like the signings as well. Regarding the Doyle signing, the main reason why I liked that is, because the chemistry he and Andrew has. Anyone that watches the Colts closely like we do in here knows Andrew trusted TY and Doyle more than anyone in clutch situations.
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    I'm 100% positive Ballard won't go into next season with Melvin as our number 2
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    Re-Signings: Darius Butler - Gives us safety help, very good slot CB too Robert Turbin - 3rd down back, very productive last year Jordan Todman - Kick return duties Free Agent Signings: Chris Baker - Fills the NT position Kevin Zeitler - Gives Andy an elite G Dont'a Hightower - Becomes the leader of the defense R1: Haason Reddick OLB/ILB - Fantastic pass rusher and could play inside R2: TJ Watt OLB/DE - Pass rush is key R3: Kevin King CB - Fills our CB need R4: Joe Mixon RB - 3rd best RB in the draft R4: Jake Butt TE - Bye Dwayne, Hello Jake R4: Corn Elder CB - Gives us CB depth and can start if Robinson flops R5: Josh Reynolds WR - Underappreciated, under the radar, and underrated, could be the 3rd/4th WR
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    Yeah, being relatively quiet in free agency means drafting a rb in the first. I think you're trying too hard
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    There is a reason Allen isn't here anymore.
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    Poe won't get more than a 1 year deal from anyone. My guess is 1 year 9.5M.
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    If you're always replacing 3rd round tweets because a guy is nicked up and you don't like his tweets, guess what, you'll never be done building your team. You'll always be chasing the next cheaper better alternative. It's a 53 man roster, no one gets a perfect 53. You get the best you can. When Moncrief was drafted, he was the YOUNGEST WR in the draft. That was a plus. He'll grow up and mature. Let's try and make sure that happens when he's a Colt and not on another roster because people like you get impatient and short sighted. As for my view of you from my high horse, you don't want to know. You really, really don't want to know.
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    I'm taking a knee to protest people protesting protests.
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    LOL... Really??? Must every thread have the coach bashing comments???
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    I find it hard to form any considered opinion right now. Nothing he has done so far has been spectacular. I'm not complaining, just sitting on the fence for now.....
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    The word is we traded straight up for Hernandez.
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    That's signing bonus PLUS salary. So, completely within line. Not unexpected.

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