Chris Ballard Has Big Plans For Colts Off-Season
INDIANAPOLIS -- Head Coach Frank Reich did his job during the regular and post season for the Indianapolis Colts, now it's time for general manager Chris Ballard to do his.
The Colts have the most cap space to work without of any team in the NFL at over $122 million. They also have 9 draft picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. Ballard said they plan to be aggressive in free agency this off-season and describes the type of player(s) they are looking for.
"We have a very strict criteria he's going to have to fit," Ballard said. "He's going to have to fit in the locker room, earn the high salary he is making, not only with his play but with his presence in the locker room."
Ballard said the character of the locker room is key in order for the team to continue to build on the success of the 2018 season. He also reminds fans to keep things in perspective as he looks to acquire new players.
"Sometimes in might not be the household name that everybody wants up to sign, and that's okay," Ballard explained. "I disagree sometimes when people say we aren't aggressive in free agency. Just because it might not be who the media is writing about and the fans are talking about, doesn't mean that guy's not a good player."
Ballard used Denico Autry as an example. Point to the fact that most fans didn't know who he was before the season started and how he turned out to be on the of the defense's best players.
The defense is one of the places Ballard plans to invest in this off-season, whether it's through the draft, free agency, or during the regular season.
"We're going to continue to explore every avenue to acquire players," said Ballard. "Pass rush is always going to be a cornerstone for us. O-Line, D-Line, that plays, that travels and it plays. Those will both be areas that we will consistently invest in."
The NFL's first free agency period begins January 31st. The NFL Draft Scouting Combine is in late February at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The NFL Draft is in late April.
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