I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. The Colts have the third most $ to spend. They have needs everywhere. Especially the O line. The rebuild has to come mainly from the draft but some talent also had to come in via FA. This team lacks difference makers. You have to pay for them. No pay no get. Ballard won’t pay what it takes. So you get mid level talent that doesn’t improve the O line or the LB position or the WR position or the CB spot. And now your #1 CB is gone for a small one year prove it deal. This is not progress folks. What happened to protect Luck at all costs? Apparently not.
I posted this in another thread but thought i would post it here as well
Ballard has said the goal has been to build for sustained success. Who are the 2 teams with probably the most sustained success in the NFL? The Pats and the Steelers. How many "flashy" and "big name" free agents do these teams sign? They very rarely do it and when they do it is usually them resigning their own guys. New England even did the unthinkable and let a "big name" LT go. Both of these teams are good at finding gems in the draft and then finding the right pieces at the right price in free agency. I'm sure we could have signed a handful of high profile guys and done very well next year maybe even the next 2 years, but how often do we see the "winners" in free agency a year or two down the road releasing the exact same players that had made them the "winners" of free agency. I really don't understand the lack of patience with our GM. Remember the goal is sustained success not to be a flash in the pan!
I'll admit that I've been very patient and supported Ballard and continue to do so. But I'd be lying if I said how he's done so far in FA isn't concerning. Not because he's not landing big name players, but he's having trouble landing 2nd tier players. For what reason, we won't ever know but it is concerning