Colts free-agent breakdown: Defense

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts face the risk of losing two important players in their secondary during the offseason. Starting safety Mike Adams and cornerback Darius Butler are free agents. Both players voiced their desire to return to the Colts, but you never know what's going to happen once the free agency period begins in March.

Here's a look at the Colts' free-agents-to-be on defense:


Cory Redding, DL: He's the leader along the defensive line and finished with 35 tackles and 3.5 sacks. The 34-year-old Redding isn't sure if he'll retire or continue playing. He has a strong bond with coach Chuck Pagano going back to their days together with the Baltimore Ravens. 2014 base salary: $3.5 million

Fili Moala, DL: Moala didn't play this season after tearing his ACL and being placed on the injured reserve list during offseason workouts in June. It's hard to imagine the Colts bringing the soon-to-be 30-year-old Moala back next season. 2014 base salary: $1.4 million

Andy Studebaker, LB: He's primarily a special teams player. He did play 185 snaps on defense where he finished with 15 tackles, a forced fumble and recovered fumble. Could see the Colts re-signing him because of he's a solid special teams player. 2014 base salary: $730,000

Darius Butler, CB: Starting cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Greg Toler get the majority of the credit, but Butler is an exceptional nickel back, who does a good job defending slot receivers. Butler finished with 46 tackles, nine passes defended and two forced fumbles. Re-signing Butler should be high on general manager Ryan Grigson's list. 2014 base salary: $2.5 million

Josh Gordy, CB: Gordy is a better special teams player than cornerback. There was a significant drop off in the secondary when Davis or Toler missed time because that meant Gordy had to line up on the outside since the Colts preferred to keep Butler on the slot receiver. 2014 base salary: $1.4 million

Sergio Brown, S: He had been known mainly as a special teams player up until this season when he moved in the starting lineup following LaRon Landry's four-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. Brown played well enough that he kept the starting job for an additional five games following Landry's return. Brown finished with 33 tackles and six passes defended. He's a better safety than Landry when it comes to defending the pass. 2014 base salary: $1.4 million

Mike Adams, S: The Colts signed Adams in the middle of their three-day minicamp in June. All he did was become the starting safety, the quarterback of the secondary for the Colts and a Pro Bowler. Adams tied for the league lead in takeaways with seven. 2014 base salary: $1.02 million

Colt Anderson, S: Like Gordy, Anderson's specialty is special teams. He only played 38 snaps on defense, including some time at cornerback. 2014 base salary: $795,000


Jerrell Freeman, LB: Was second on the team in tackles after leading in that category during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He only played in 12 games this season because of injuries. He had his best game of the season when he had 15 tackles, 1.5 sacks and forced a fumble against Cincinnati in the wild-card playoff games. 2014 base salary: $570,000

Delano Howell, S: Howell went from projected starting safety alongside of Landry, to backup to being placed on the injured reserve list because of a neck injury. 2014 base salary: $575,600