Grigson speaks highly of Howell at safety

INDIANAPOLIS -- A day after writing that the Indianapolis Colts still need to find a replacement for long-time starting safety Antoine Bethea, general manager Ryan Grigson didn't talk like a person who is in a rush to go get one on the free-agent market.

Grigson spoke highly of a player currently on the roster.

"You lose a player like Antoine Bethea, obviously that's going to be an area of concern, need," he said. "We have some players sitting there at that position. Delano Howell was no slouch when he played last year. When he came in, for a guy that was on Buffalo's practice squad the year prior, he did a heck of a job. We will of course look at the draft. We are still looking at some other options. We want to solidify every position group possible the best we can.

"You lose a stud like Antoine who meant so much to this organization, obviously it's going to leave a mark, but at the same time, you can't keep everyone. That's just the harsh reality of this business."

Bethea agreed to a deal March 11 with the San Francisco 49ers.

Howell started three games in place of the injured LaRon Landry last season. It only took those three games for Howell to prove he's capable of stepping in and playing well if given the opportunity. Sergio Brown, Corey Lynch and Davis Sims are also safeties on the roster.