The Indianapolis Colts have roster needs in 2024 that these free agents could fill.

The Indianapolis Colts have one of the NFL’s youngest lineups, but it didn’t reflect in their 9-8 record. Shane Steichen performed admirably with an inexperienced team coming off one of the worst seasons in Indy franchise history.

However, the squad will still need to fill positions with skill from both sides of the ball. While Indianapolis has free agents such as defensive tackle Grover Stewart, cornerback Kenny Moore II, safety Julian Blackmon, and wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr., it’s probable that the majority, if not all, of them will be retained.

Even if this quadrant of playmakers returns with new acquisitions, the Colts still require assistance in crucial areas. With more than $66 million in cap space, the team might make some moves.

With that said, let’s take a look at three free agency names that Chris Ballard should consider signing if the price is appropriate.

Veteran cornerback Chidobe Awuzie may be an excellent match for Gus Bradley’s defense, especially given the inexperienced secondary. While Dallis Flowers will return in 2024, the Colts may still benefit from a veteran presence. Enter Awuzie.

The seven-year veteran has 74 starts, 369 tackles, six interceptions, and 62 passes defensed. Awuzie is also a strong run defender and tackler, giving Indianapolis even more options in the cornerback position. While he did not light up the league in three years (2021-2023) with the Cincinnati Bengals, he might benefit a defense that is desperate for veteran players.

He is likely to command a low salary, having recently signed a three-year contract with Cincinnati worth $7.25 million per year, according to Spotrac. While Ballard is not one to spend money, Awuzie would be a cost-effective alternative that may pay out handsomely.

The former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2019) has seen a drop in output since his explosive debut season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. After four seasons on Mike Tomlin’s defense, the organization allowed him to test free agency, and he signed with the Seattle Seahawks for a one-year contract worth $3.5 million, according to Spotrac.

Bush played 13 games (three starts) in 2023, totaling 37 tackles, five tackles for loss, and a 56.3 coverage grade, according to Pro Football Focus.

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