1.Donnie Avery-Not a great route runner or perfect hands but he has been as productive through 11 games as I thought he would be all year long and he has remained healthy this year, Would like him to find the end zone more because he has alot of potential in my opinion and its not all coming out
2.A.Q Shipley-Has not played eye popping but has played much better then the current starter Satele in my opinion, at least Shipley has balance which if you focus on Satele you can clearly see he leans to far forward off the snap of the ball and is not nearly as physical as advertised (and looking at a few games that Oakland played last year you can see the same thing)
3.Fili Moala-Was not playing spectacular but was coming along well in the new scheme, would be a decent starter if we did not get a 3-4 DE in the draft or FA, If we did go the draft route for that position then he would be a solid backup option
4.Antonio Johnson (we dont know when Chapman will be able to play or how good he will be after injury,) also Mckinney is a huge man who injured his knee who was not even real good pre injury, Tevasue is also in the last year of his deal as well, Johnson while not our NT of the future is still our best backup option for the future unless we take a NT in the draft somewhere or in FA.
5.Josh Gordy-Has not done much thats relevant this year outside of a sack vs Jacksonville but he is still young, aggressive Corner who is not afraid to jump a route and can blitz from the Nickel, I'd keep him on a minimal deal for depth and see what he can do with it in a 2nd year in this system
6.Darius Butler-showed flashes of very good talent vs Jax with 2 picks and then followed that up with a forced fumble vs New England, Could be a #2 perhaps but I'd bring him back to compete with Gordy for Nickel
7.Winston Justice-While not the answer going forward, he could provide us with some sort of decent depth
8.Drew Stanton-Outside of Byron Leftwich, Charlie Batch and Matt Moore Drew Stanton would be the best option as a backup QB behind Luck. I'd be alright with Batch or Stanton or Moore but will stick with Stanton
9.Jeff Linkenbach- While Link has no business at Right Tackle he has played pretty decent at Guard and would provide us with some decent depth, nothing great but I wouldnt be worried if he was subbed in at RG or LG
10.Matt Overton-ya need a long snapper and Im not investing money in another guy just to hike a ball on field goals, he is cheap, he stays for now.
11.Pat Mcafee-Good but not a great Punter and is a pretty good tackler (unfortunately we have seen that one to many times)
12.Moise Fokou-Nothing spectacular about him, Seems to be a thumper, not good in coverage but has done pretty decent when called upon to play, saves us from having to unnecessarily go for depth
2.Hickman (I think we will be looking elsewhere for a backup but to me can be a Wild Card in terms of staying or going)
5.Mario Harvey ( I think he is a heavy hitter though and do like him)
7.Dwight Freeney, Still has good but not elite pass rushing ability in him in my opinion but at 32 and soon to be 33 the time has passed for him in terms of him having to learn a new defense and rethink his instincts to pass rush but now also play the run, Great Colt, will miss him, cant wait for him to retire to say goodbye properly but situations change and unfortunately Freeney nor anyone else can turn back the clock, if we could then I could see him getting this new defense he is in in time, unfortunately ya just cant
Pat McAfee-With the type of offense the Colts run, he's too valuable to let hit the free agent market. Plus he's fun to listen to on Bob And Tom and cares about his fans.
Joe Reitz-RFA first round tender, the guard class is way too weak
Fili Moala-Agreed not the best, but a must re-sign since he will likely give the team a small home team discount and will come cheap. Plus signing another DE for more wouldn't be too wise of a decision for the Colts since they are pretty desperate for a NT but not as desperate as they are for a T, G, or #1 CB.
Cassius Vaughan-(2nd round RFA tender) Him and Gordy are the only to RFA D-backs the Colts have on their roster and the given how much they need to address the CB position (even if they land a huge name FA CB in 2013) in the draft. The team needs to make a choice between Gordy and Vaughan as their #3 cover corner for next season.
Winston Justice-Agree with everything you say and he should bring a small home town discount with him as a backup. But if he wants to get paid like a starter, let him go.
Mosie Fokou-Agree with everything you said and the fact that he should bring a small home town discount to the Colts.
Tavasue-too restricted too easy to keep for next to nothing even though he sucks, he can always be cut in training camp.
Donnie Avery-Good receiver, needs to stay healthy and Grigson drafted too many guys for the Colts to invest any money at the position in the free agent market. And I am perfectly aware most Colts fans disagree with me that Hilton and Brazil will be good 2 and 3 receivers next season.
A.Q. Shipley-Team needs to make room for draft picks at the G position plus Olsen can play Center
Antonio Johnson and Jeff Linkenbach on your keepers list. Really? After how poorly they've played in the team's new system?
Drew Stanton-Gone, the team doesn't need to invest in 3 QB's on their roster. Plus given how weak the free agent QB class is with thus far Flaco (who will likely get franchised) being the only starting caliber free agent, Stanton will likely get over paid as a backup else ware.
Darius Butler-Gone, will likely want too much money for his Jacksonville performance.
Freeney-Agree with everything you say, him leaving for another team may be a tougher pill to swallow then Peyton leaving since sadly Jacksonville and Tennessee should be the top 2 contenders for him in the free agent market. But he doesn't fit a 3-4 and we already have Mathis who fits a 3-4 well as our needed wiley veteran in the LB core.
Agree with you on Hills too, other player mentioned in releasing not free agents according to rotoworld.com.