Quarterback Peyton Manning leads a lengthy list of veterans who were purged. New head coach Chuck Pagano brought three defensive free agents with him from Baltimore — safety Tom Zbikowski and linemen Cory Redding and Brandon McKinney — as he looks to install a 3-4 scheme. Significant losses:
While the Colts did retain three stalwarts in wide receiver Reggie Wayne and outside linebackers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, a slew of other mainstays are now gone. Among them are center Jeff Saturday (Green Bay), tight end Dallas Clark (unsigned), wide receiver Pierre Garcon (Washington) and middle linebacker Gary Brackett (unsigned). Top draft need:
Manning’s heir apparent is set to arrive when the Colts select Stanford’s Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick. Expect new general manager Ryan Grigson to focus on surrounding him with young offensive talent through the draft, especially at tight end and running back. Analysis:
The Colts have adopted the phrase “Building a Monster” as their 2012 mantra. Unfortunately for Pagano, Indianapolis needs more parts to create the type of beast that the Colts once fielded. Grade:
C-- Alex Marvez
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