The Indianapolis Colts are coming off of somewhat of a disastrous season.
After seeing franchise quarterback Andrew Luck go down with injuries, and a ton of poor performances from veteran players the Colts have some soul searching to do. The Colts have around $27 million in cap space so they are able to be active during this free agency period however they could free up a lot more space by releasing several ineffective veteran players. Number one on that list has to be Andre Johnson.
Johnson had 41 receptions, for 503 yards, and 4 touchdowns in 2015, not exactly the level of play the Colts expected Johnson to play at. Johnson costs the Colts $7,125,000 in cap space so it would make more sense to cut him and use that money to bolster their offensive line instead of wasting it with Johnson.
With Phillip Dorsett waiting in the wings after losing most of his rookie season to injuries, he should be ready to produce so a replacement for Johnson is already on the roster. Another player that should be on the Colts chopping block is Trent Cole.
Cole had 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and played in 14 games in 2015, the kicker, he only started in 5 of them. Cole is an aging outside linebacker who had a couple of solid seasons for the Eagles, that is all. He currently costs the Colts $7,125,000 so it is likely he should be released as the Colts look to draft a replacement linebacker or defensive lineman with the 18th pick.
The Colts should also look to draft a young running back as currently Frank Gore and Ahmad Bradshaw are their two most productive backs. The Colts will need a lot of work to get back into playoff shape this offseason.