Originally posted on The Colts Authority  |  Last updated 3/15/12

Colts fans received a surprise after Pierre Garçon departed in free agency in the form of the legendary Reggie Wayne. While we can all agree that Wayne isn't a receiver in his prime, the lockerroom leadership and consistency is an incredible boost for a team seeking a new identity. Still, this is hardly the receiving group to which we've been accustomed to seeing in Indianapolis.

Our friend Andrew Brandt takes a hard look at receiver contracts and offers a few tips about free agency I found particularly enlightening during this momentary period of insanity:

First, a couple of mantras from my years of watching free agency (and hoping in Green Bay that we would avoid the "stupid money" payouts of the first few days shopping sprees):

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    • Some of the best deals made are the ones not made
    • Never let impulse or emotion override rational decision making, and
    • Teams that “win” March rarely play in January

That's why you should love the decision to let Garçon walk and retain Wayne instead.

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