The Indianapolis Colts have managed to repeatedly assume little long-term risk, even with some of their most costly free agent deals.
If things don’t work out with a guy they bring in, they will be able to move on. In most instances the greatest effect would just be filling another need.
The deal they’ve struck with former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey came later in the free agency period and hold the lowest risk possible. Adam Schefter reports it’s a one-year contract that could be worth up to $3 million.
If DHB gives them more than Donnie Avery did last season, it’ll rank as a win. If he’s a big hit, they’ll have the first chance to secure him long-term before he reaches another round of free-agency. If he doesn’t pan out, they’ll move on to the next guy, or perhaps a draft pick will be that much more ready to take on more in 2014.
I’m not seeing any downside.
Heyward-Bey won’t be in anyone’s way. If LaVon Brazill needs to be playing ahead of the veteran, he will. Same for a rookie.
General manager Ryan Grigson has added an option. Adding an option who was once a first-round pick, who could potentially pan out in a new environment with one of the league’s best young quarterbacks, seems like a smart move.