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The Man who put Andrew Luck in Indianapolis retired today

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You had to figure after an uneventful return home to Oakland in 2014, Maurice Jones-Drew knew his time in the league was running thin. Today, he retired from football after nine seasons. That time certainly seemed to pass by in the blink of an eye.

It’s important to remember Jones-Drew in Indianapolis Colts lore. The day was New Years Day 2012. It was the week 17 game that if the Colts won, they would lose the #1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, forever changing the future of the franchise. It was for all the marbles – the Andrew Luck selection – and the Colts did everything in their power to screw it up and win.

Jones-Drew had 169 yards on 25 carries that day. Without him, Andrew Luck is never a Colt. Jim Irsay has acknowledged the fact recently himself. The Jaguars won the game 19-13, and it was closer than the score indicates.

There was a three year period where Jones-Drew was the best back in the league (2009 to 2011). Then it was gone seemingly overnight as it so often is with a running back in the NFl. He retires without numbers that will get him into the Hall of Fame: 8,167 career rushing yards, 68 rushing touchdowns, 346 receptions. He had a great NFL career. He played in just two postseason games, coming in 2008; totaling 48 yards on 14 carries in those two games.

But for Colts fans, they should never forget the unspoken favor this guy did for their franchise.

March 6, 2015 Posted by | Retirements | | Leave a comment

My Top 10 Free Agent Wishlist

Now that we have some new names to add to the free agency list – here is my current top 10 for guys I want the Colts to sign in the off-season. This is regardless of realistic chances of it happening (Suh). My hope is that two of these ten are wearing speedway blue by the time the season starts, and that’s probably best-case scenario.

  1. Ndamukong Suh
  2. Demarco Murray
  3. Randall Cobb
  4. Stefen Wisniewski
  5. Vince Wilfork
  6. Devin McCourty
  7. Bryan Bulaga
  8. Greg Hardy
  9. Mike Iupati
  10. Torrey Smith

We will have to see if they can pull in any of these guys. In terms of guys who aren’t free agents, Adrian Peterson and Brandon Marshall top my wishlist; but I think both are highly unlikely to come to Indianapolis.

And on a few of these, I could be way off. Even if say; Bulaga, Iupati or Smith become Colts, I could still see them being highly ineffective or having their best days behind them due to hard mileage already put on their bodies in the league. There is a reason that these guys were not extended with their current franchises who know more about them than anyone else. It’s not always that they got too expensive.

I just have to hope Ryan Grigson and the Colts scouting department truly has a plan on how they want to spend. And if I have to say it in every post – leave enough money left over to sign Andrew Luck to the extension that he deserves before the 2015 season begins.

March 6, 2015 Posted by | Free Agency | Leave a comment

Adrian Peterson provides Vikings with five teams he would approve a trade to

The Colts were reportedly part of a five team list that Adrian Peterson provided the Minnesota Vikings with in which he would approve a trade to.

That list is as follows:

  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • San Diego Chargers
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The report was from yesterday. This would be opposite of other reports that said Peterson’s meeting with the Vikings ‘went well’.

I don’t put huge odds on Peterson ending up a Colt. I think it’s probable that the Vikings keep him, or the most likely scenario is that he heads to Dallas with Demarco Murray heading elsewhere for huge dollars that he can’t turn down.

I’m okay with the Colts giving Murray the huge dollars he will command, contingent on the fact that they’ll still have money left over to do the right thing and give Andrew Luck the record setting contract extension that he deserves before the 2015 regular season begins. This is not something ownership and the front office should drag out, even if it means passing on some pricey free agents.

March 6, 2015 Posted by | Minnesota Vikings | | Leave a comment

Colts top suitor for Hardy, Suh?

http://bleacherreport.com/video_embed?id=h3M3Byczq_sXNpIH6u4Hu-2qjEcMtZ4H

I don’t buy it, on least on behalf the Suh report.

Jason Cole, who is Bleacher Report’s NFL Insider; says that “the number one recruiting tool to lure players to Indianapolis is Andrew Luck”. That sounds good in theory, but I have to think the reports that the Miami Dolphins are the true frontrunner for Suh are much more accurate.

While picturing Hardy in a Colts uniform is a much more likely scenario and he would be a guy who can generate a rush from the outside – and he’s actually not the character concern the media would have folks believe he is – I see Suh signing with the Dolphins due to what they’ll offer and no state income tax on the huge dollars he is seeking.

My end prediction on this item: Suh to Miami, Hardy lands in Indianapolis. And I’m okay with this as long as the Colts land Adrian Peterson or Demarco Murray on the other side of the ball and draft a bevy of offensive lineman.

March 6, 2015 Posted by | Free Agency, Indianapolis Colts | , | Leave a comment