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The Indianapolis Colts have been relatively quiet again thus far within the ‘legal tampering period’ prior to free agency kicking off tomorrow at 4 pm. To this point the Colts have only a single…”WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Colts reportedly out on Bell Anthony Walker Jersey Stitched , several big namesspoken for on eve of free agencyNew,134commentsEDTShareTweetShareShareColts reportedly out on Bell, several big namesspoken for on eve of free agencyMitch Stringer-USA TODAY SportsThe Indianapolis Colts have been relatively quiet again thus far within the ‘legal tampering period’ prior to free agency kicking off tomorrow at 4 pm. To this point the Colts have only a single agreement being reported while other teams have been making the typical splash moves that come this time of season.The Colts have reportedly agreed to terms with WR Devin Funchess, but most of Colts nation was looking to see additions to the defensive side of the ball which looked to have the more impressive free agency group.The Colts were linked to pass rusher Preston Smith, and reportedly had widled his options down to Indianapolis and Green Bay. Smith chose to sign with the Packers, and now the Colts are reportedly not pursuing former Steelers’ running back Le’Veon Bell as well.Additionally, Landon Collins was thought to be one of the premier targets for the Colts to improve a safety room heading into the 2019 season. The Colts did tender Matthias Farley, but former Bears’ safety Adrian Amos is now off the market as well. Aside from being out on Bell, and signing Funchess — at least offensively — the Colts also weren’t able to land highly sought after slot receiver Adam Humphries. Trey Flowers was another big name that the Colts were expected to target Youth Kenny Moore Jersey , yet he has reportedly agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions. Whether or not the Colts were in either of them to begin with isn’t truly known, but anyway you slice it, they’ve missed out on several of the top-level free agents available.But, no matter how much Colts fans hope to see some major signing through free agency, we also must remind ourselves of Chris Ballard’s approach. He’s not going to panic. Bell has a litany of issues which certainly effects what Ballard would decide to do while continuing his roster building process. He, again, has likely been ‘IN’ on a handful of these high-dollar signings, but he appears to be very particular about what he’ll be willing to pay on a strict player-by-player basis. It is fair to be skeptic to a point given that the Colts have so much money available, as overpaying is simply something that is necessary to do. However Kenny Moore Jersey Stitched , free agency hasn’t even officially started yet, and there are plenty of interesting names still out there and available at all of the Colts’ areas of need going forward.Don’t freak out just yet.WR Tyrell Williams is still out there. DE Markus Golden is an interesting option, DT Rodney Gunter, CB Ronald Darby, CB Bryce Callahan, and even a guy like Tevin Coleman are all still interesting possibilities for the Colts. It could still be a very positive free agency period for the Colts yet. INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard kept insisting he would be judicious in free agency.For two-plus years, he was. On Wednesday, a week after the first big wave of signings, Ballard opened his checkbook and made the biggest acquisition of his tenure by adding Justin Houston.Ballard didn’t just add a proven pass rusher; he brought in someone he knew well from his days in Kansas City Youth Eric Ebron Jersey , someone he believes fits the Colts’ young locker room, and a player who can still be effective when taking on extra blockers. Houston considered it the perfect combination for his skills.“I think they can help me as much as I can help them,” he told local reporters on a conference call. “I love the way they play — their attitude and the effort they play with on the field. I think we can help each other. I just want to be another pass rusher within the scheme that can help cause some more headaches.”It’s a role he excelled in for eight seasons with Kansas City.The 6-foot-3, 258-pound four-time Pro Bowler was a key part of the Chiefs’ defense, making 377 tackles in 96 starts. Houston’s 78½ career sacks rank fourth since he entered the league, and he was a first-team All-Pro in 2014, when he won the NFL’s sacks title. His 22 sacks that season are still tied for the second-highest single-season total in league history.But with Houston turning 30, a high price tag and the Chiefs switching from a 3-4 defensive front to a 4-3, he suddenly became expendable.So after testing the market Eric Ebron Jersey Stitched , Ballard eventually persuaded Houston to make Indianapolis his new home.“We’ve been calling and texting each other,” Houston said. “Just knowing him (Ballard) and the kind of guy he is — somebody I can trust and just talk to, knowing I’ve got an honest answer and to know exactly what he’s looking for and feel like I can help play a large role.”ESPN.com reported the deal is for two years and $24 million.This was a rare splash move by Ballard, who went into free agency with roughly $100 million in salary cap room. As usual, Ballard focused first on retaining his players. He re-signed kicker Adam Vinatieri, right guard Mark Glowinski and defensive tackle Margus Hunt before last week’s first big wave of signings. The Colts later re-signed two more starters, cornerback Pierre Desir and safety Clayton Geathers.The only newcomer until Wednesday had been former Carolina receiver Devin Funchess.Houston was too good to pass up.Now he joins a young, budding defense that made a dramatic turnaround last season under first-year coach Matt Eberflus and helped the Colts end a three-year playoff drought.Houston’s experience could prove every bit as valuable as his pass-rushing skills, too.Outside linebacker Darius Leonard was a first-team All-Pro during his rookie season Youth Ryan Grant Jersey , and the Colts hope to get even more productivity out of second-year defensive linemen Kemoko Turay and Tyquan Lewis, both second-round picks.Houston also will help boost a line that includes Hunt, Jabaal Sheard and Denico Autry, and he can’t wait to get started.“Of course, I would’ve liked to play my whole career in one place, but that’s not neither here nor there,” he said. “That’s over and done with. I am here now and I am excited to be a Colt. I am going to make the best of this opportunity.”Houston started 12 games at outside linebacker in 2018, recording 37 tackles and nine sacks while forcing five fumbles and picking off one pass.He was the Chiefs’ third-round pick in 2011.100<button class=”view-gallery”>View Gallery</button> Gallery:View from the sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2018Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports | Raj Mehta
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