With the news Monday that the Indianapolis Colts are going to make a run for San Diego Chargers offensive guard Louis Vasquez in free agency, now seems as good a time as any to highlight a pretty impressive article by Rotoworld's Evan Silva, a guy I call friend and who has been kind enough to guest on an occasional Stampede Blue podcast.
Evan did something I don't think I've ever seen before: He actually wrote an article predicting not only where the 50 marquis NFL free agents will sign, but also their contracts!
We're talking years, dollar amounts, the whole nine yards. I mean, I'm like, DANG! That's Rotoworld's senior editor simply not f*ckin' around with this offseason football writin' thang!
For the Colts, Evan went a little out of the box and predicted two very interesting free agent signings for Ryan Grigson and his front office in 2013:
3. Defensive end Cliff Avril -- Avril projects to break the bank in free agency because he's the top natural pass rusher available, just about to turn 27, and offers scheme versatility. He'll appeal to 4-3 and 3-4 clubs alike. With 39.5 sacks, 13 pass breakups, and 16 forced fumbles over the past five seasons, Avril disrupts offenses in a variety of ways. Indy is flush with salary cap space, and Avril's versatility-athleticism combo would be put to great use in Chuck Pagano's hybrid defense.
Free Agent Forecast: Colts on a five-year, $64 million contract.
50. Cornerback Antoine Cason -- Although susceptible deep, 26-year-old Cason can make plays on the football and offers impressive corner size at 6-foot-1, 195. Indianapolis is rich on salary cap space and in the market for a bookend across from Vontae Davis. Cason is young, should be relatively affordable, and fits defensive-minded coach Chuck Pagano's press coverage scheme.
Free Agent Forecast: Colts on a three-year, $16.5 million contract.
Rotoworld's Evan Silva Predicts Colts Will Sign Cliff Avril And Antoine Cason In Free Agency
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