Free Agency Snapshot: Colts

The Colts appear to be in pretty good shape heading into the free agency period, which starts on March 5. But several key players, including starting linebacker and defensive captain Gary Brackett, could be in danger of heading out of town. Take a look at the team's situation as it heads into a new league year inside.


— LB Gary Brackett wants to come back but also wants to be paid what he thinks he's worth on the open market. The Colts don't want to lose him, so it will be interesting to see how they handle his contract negotiations.

— PK Matt Stover may be back, depending on the health of PK Adam Vinatieri. If Vinatieri is back, Stover will most likely not be re-signed. He did a great job and handled things in a professional manner in a tough situation while replacing Vinatieri this season.


— WR Hank Baskett is not expected to return. But that largely depends on how well Anthony Gonzalez is doing in his recovery from early-season knee surgery. Baskett didn't play much on offense this year. He was primarily a special-teams player.

— S Antoine Bethea should be back in 2010. He's a valuable member of the Colts' secondary who earned another Pro Bowl selection in 2009.

— S Melvin Bullitt is expected to return next season. Bullitt has filled in admirably for the often-injured Bob Sanders over the last couple of seasons. He has made himself into a good NFL safety.

— OG/OT Daniel Federkeil could be back for the 2010 season. A former college defensive end, Federkeil has made a nice transition to NFL offensive lineman in recent years.

— S Aaron Francisco was a nice addition to the Colts' special teams this year. He also played well as a backup safety. He may return for 2010 season.

— LB Tyjuan Hagler wants to come back, but injuries have really slowed his career. He has played well when healthy but just can't stay on the field. He was a free agent last year and then was brought back with a one-year contract after being on the market for awhile.

— CB Marlin Jackson fully expects to be back in 2010. He has missed most of the last two seasons after undergoing surgeries on both knees.

— CB Tim Jennings' return is a question mark. Jennings has both started and been the Colts' nickel back since coming to the team. He plays soft coverage in the secondary, which drives the team's fans crazy. The question, though, is whether the Colts' management feels the same way or decides that they want him back.

— DT Antonio Johnson has proven to be a diamond in the rough since coming to Indianapolis two years ago. Has bolstered the team's defensive-line play ever since he was signed off of the Tennessee Titans' practice squad.

— OT Charlie Johnson is a valuable offensive lineman for the Colts. He can play both guard and both offensive tackle spots. He has even lined up at tight end on occasion. Johnson is too good a role player to leave. He is expected to return in 2010.

— LB Freddy Keiaho, like Tyjuan Hagler, was a free agent after the 2008 season and was not re-signed until just before the start of training camp. He can play all three linebacking positions, which should help his value to the Colts. But will the team bring him back for a second straight one-year deal remains questionable.

— DT Daniel Muir has teamed with Antonio Johnson to give the Colts a pretty good set on inside defensive tackles. Muir lost weight and has transformed his game since arriving in Indianapolis. The coaching staff really likes him, so he is expected to be back next season.

— CB/PR T.J. Rushing has proved to be a pretty good punt returner who can also fill in at cornerback if needed. Rushing is not a game-breaking or game-changing type of punt returner, but he has been pretty solid in handling kicks. The Colts, though, may decide to tweak their return game in the offseason.


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