The Colts have a top free agent they would like to re-sign in Rashaan Melvin, who shut down opponents’ top receivers as a 28-year-old last season.
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The problem: For an older veteran on the market, other teams also know how good he was in 2017, and that might price him out of Indianapolis.
Ballard likes Melvin and wants him back, but he also won’t overspend for a late bloomer coming off a hand injury. The Patriots’ Malcolm Butler is slightly younger. Although Butler struggled a bit in 2017, he is durable, has a longer history of strong coverage and can perform well in the zone. At a similar price to Melvin, Butler would be a better value.
Behind Melvin, Pierre Desir and corner-turned-safety Darius Butler are also free agents. With how much money they have, the Colts could get a top-end starter and some more punch for the slot.
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The team wasn’t interested in former Bronco Eric Decker last offseason, but he’s exactly the seasoned slot type they should target. The Bears’ Kendall Wright or the Bills’ Jordan Matthews would work and not cost much.
There’s been too much on Thomas and Sanders. Thanks to poor quarterback play, either forcing the ball to them too much or not getting the ball consistently to both, has made it easier to bottle up one or the other. At this point, they are the team’s most attractive assets to draw in a free-agent QB, but they are not enough veteran-wise to help make that QB successful.
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Also true to recent form, the Rockets and Clippers played at a plodding 95-possession (unofficial) pace on Wednesday night.