This makes perfect sense to me. As much as we need the 3T position we have also been trying for years to get that premier ER. They never hit FA but this year Clowney is going to hit FA. I don't see Chris Jones hitting FA for the 3T. So we have the money so now it comes down to Ballard's line in the sand stance on the cost. Will he be more flexible for a premier ER? And can he convince him and other FAs we are SB contenders. I guess we will find out soon enough.
If Ballard couldn't convince or spend on free agents with an Andrew Luck on the roster, how is he going to do otherwise to sell the Colts as a SB contender to free agents that say they want to play for a SB contender? He has never been interested in a bidding war before, I just do not see it happening.
Shelby Harris and Jordan Philips, I can see Ballard going after, to be honest. Jaguars probably want to let go of Marcell Dareus in order to make room for Ngakoue (and others) and we might be able to squeeze a couple of years out of him, he is better against the run. Jaguars will get hit with only a dead cap hit of $2.5 mil. if they release him. Once he got injured, their run D went down the toilet. He's more of a run down NT at this point in his life, can be had for cheap, IMO.