Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 2/11/14
I have a lot of time to think these days, as the Indianapolis Colts‘ season is officially over and I had an interesting thought. It was based off an idea of looking at players that had talent, but had trouble locking onto a team in 2013 for whatever reason. The first position I pondered about was the safety position and here is what I came up with: Kerry Rhodes could be a cheap, impact signing that turns into a homerun for Ryan Grigson and the Indianapolis Colts (Photo credit: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images North America) A name that intrigued me was Kerry Rhodes. He was the only one available that didn’t have significant injury problems and still showed he can play at a high level. He also fills the need the Colts have at coverage safety. His 2012 stats (last active season) with the Arizona Cardinals were as follows: 67 tackles, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, 11 passes defended and 4 interceptions. Those are pretty good stats for a guy who couldn’t find a job in 2013. And the reason he couldn’t find a roster spot might have been due to reports that were surfacing about his sexual orientation, which he denied. At least, that’s according to a Pro Football Talk article. And I feel the Colts locker room is one that could handle this kind of dilemma with class and ease. And if that’s the only reason Rhodes couldn’t find a landing spot in 2013, the Colts should ponder at taking a stab at him. I’m not saying he’s the long term answer, and he could possibly not even be a short term one but it’s definitely something to, at least, think about. Rhodes could be an insurance policy/stopgap for the safety position. He will be 32 by the start of the 2014 season, but a 1 year deal wouldn’t hurt. He could be insurance in the sense that, the Colts could still pursue the likes of T.J. Ward and Jairus Byrd without having to worry about whether or not they’ll have a safety they can depend on heading into the new season. And honestly, he probably wouldn’t be signed for more than a $1 million dollar deal, maybe $2 million max. If he doesn’t work out as a starter/backup/special teamer, then cut him and move on. Nick Collins is another potential low risk, high reward signing the Colts could look into. Though he has a lot more risk than Rhodes. (Photo credit: brentfavre.com) It’s just an interesting move I conjured up out of nowhere and wanted to hear what other Colts’ fans thought about it. I’d like to hear from you, about how you would feel, if the Colts actually pulled this off and/or if there are any other names out there in similar situations that you would like the Colts to consider. For example, I have heard Nick Collins’ name from a fellow Colts’ fan. Considering Collins is looking to make a comeback, it’s not a completely incomprehensible idea, but my problem is that Collins has some major injury concerns. But he was definitely a stud player when healthy. Anyways, the Rhodes move couldn’t hurt much in my book, it would be a low risk, high reward signing and we all know that GM Ryan Grigson could really use a rewarding off-season after the one he had last year. Here’s to hoping 2014 is a good one. Go Colts!
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