Colts get big (again) and add Stephon Gilmore to secondary – The Athletic

They like to stay calm early in the morning. They like to sit back and let the market shake and watch other teams collect the headlines.

It’s become something of a springtime tradition in Indianapolis. Too Much Fanfare Opens to Free Agency in the NFL; for most of the collective anger of their fanbase, the Colts do very little.

As stubborn as he can be at times, fifth-year general manager Chris Ballard has always insisted the first week of free agency isn’t the only time he can improve his roster. It’s the time he likes to say, “C-level players get B-level money and B-level players get A-level money.”

He has largely resisted these types of splash signings, relying instead on patience and prudence. Did it cost the Colts? For sure. If you sit back long enough, you’ll miss out on some good players. They have.

But one thing Ballard’s foresight has done over the years is that it’s kept the Colts in a very solid financial position, so if they want to make an aggressive move, they’re perfectly capable of doing so. It allowed them to trade for DeForest Buckner two seasons ago and then immediately sign him on a four-year, $84 million extension. It made it easy for them this spring to acquire quarterback Matt Ryan and the two years and roughly $54 million he owes. The list goes on.

They are not often aggressive; When they are, they have the ability to make it big, rarely constrained by salary caps. Colts get big (again) and add Stephon Gilmore to secondary – The Athletic

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