INDIANAPOLIS -- The wait for Dontari Poe to make a decision on where he’ll play next season ended Thursday when defensive tackle picked the Atlanta Falcons over the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville and Miami.
So you can add defensive tackle to the list of needs the Colts still have to address between now and the start of training camp in July, a list that also includes more pass-rushers and a second cornerback.
The Colts agreed to deal with defensive lineman Al Woods on Thursday, but he’s more of a rotational player than one who will dominate the line of scrimmage on a regular basis.
Five of the Colts' seven outside free-agent signings have been on defense as Indianapolis aims to improve a unit that ranked 30th in total defense last season. And the Colts still need help in that area.
But there appears to be a catch, and a high-priced one at that.
ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan reported that Hankins, who has spent his first four NFL seasons with the Giants, is seeking “a lot” more than $10 million a year. Hankins is only 25 and has 10 sacks in his career, but that’s a hefty price.
What the Colts have going for them is that many are calling this draft deep at cornerback. That’s good when you take into consideration their struggles in pairing a second cornerback with Vontae Davis, and news that their best slot corner, Darius Butler, met with the Washington Redskins on Thursday.
The spot was somewhat of a mess last season, to put it nicely. The projected starter, Nate Irving, didn’t make the 53-man roster. The player who replaced him, Sio Moore, was released after Week 4. D'Qwell Jackson was suspended the final four games, and later released, for using performance-enhancing drugs.
The Colts might be able to do some more thrifty shopping because the free-agent market is slowly drying up. What they don't do during free agency they'll look to address during the draft. Indianapolis has seven picks, all within the first five rounds.