For starters, let's revisit the major developments for the Colts in free agency so far:
Now that we've seen the moves the Colts have made so far, the question becomes, what's next? The free agency period lasts much longer than a few days, and the Colts often pick up and drop players all the way through training camp.
There are a few limiting rules, however. As one of the final eight teams, the Colts aren't allowed to sign unrestricted free agents from other clubs, unless they lose an unrestricted free agent to another team — and even then, the salary of the new plaoyer must be of equal or lesser value than the player lost. Since Brackett was re-signed, that limits the Colts unless Stover is signed by a new team. However, the Colts are able to sign so-called "street" free agents, who were cut by another team. The Colts are also able to sign restricted free agents and players who were RFAs that didn't receive a tender from their team.
Here are a few areas the team may be looking to address:
The release of Sorgi leaves the Colts with very little experience at backup quarterback: Of course, Sorgi didn't have much experience either, playing in just 16 games during his six seasons in Indianapolis. Despite decent statistics — he's completed 63.5 percent of his passes and has six touchdowns with just one interception — fans have long clamored for a "better" backup.
Sorgi has been injured frequently the last two seasons, including a mystery shoulder injury this last fall that may have come away from the football field. With Curtis Painter already on the roster and the team owing Sorgi a roster bonus nearly the size of Painter's salary, this was the correct time to part ways with him, as we noted in December.
Painter did a passable Sorgi impersonation during the 2009 preseason, when Sorgi was again injured. He didn't light the world on fire, but most felt he had earned his way onto the team, particularly with Sorgi's injury problems.
However, fans soured on Painter quickly after dismal performances in the Colts' final two games of the season. In meaningless games against the New York Jets and Buffalo, Painter completed just 8-of-28 passes for 28 yardsm, threw two interceptions, fumbled twice and was sacked three times.
That kind of performance doesn't exactly instill confidence that Painter can get the job done if needed. Peyton Manning has never missed a start in his career, but if he were to suffer an injury, putting the ball in Painter's hands may be a bit much to ask at this point in his career — or perhaps, at any point.
Of course, this is essentially the same situation the Colts were in with Sorgi for the previous five seasons. The Colts go as Manning goes — there's a reason he's won four MVP awards — so if Manning goes down, it stands to reason that the Colts go down too, right?
Some would rather have it another way, signing a veteran with starting experience to at least give the Colts a chance if Manning were to suffer an injury that kept him off the field. Will it happen? It's unlikely, but there are some intriguing free agents out there. Quarterbacks with starting experience include Jake Delhomme (contract terminated by the Panthers last week), Kyle Orton (a restricted free agent that would cost the Colts a first-round pick, and wouldn't sign with the Colts anyway, since he would want to start), Brodie Croyle (restricted free agent with second-round tender), Jason Campbell (RFA with first-round tender), Tavaris Jackson (restricted free agent with third-round tender), Kellen Clemens (RFA with third-round tender), Charlie Frye (RFA with third-round tender), and Bruce Gradkowski (RFA with second-round tender).
The rest of the free-agent list is the usual bunch of also-rans, the J.P. Losmans and Patrick Ramseys of the NFL. The player with the most upside is probably Carolina's Matt Moore, but he got a first- and third-round tender and is likely to get a shot at starting in Carolina with Delhomme gone.
HARTZ'S HUNCH: Looking at the list above, none of the quarterbacks are worth the cost. You could make a case for Delhomme, but he is coming off a disastrous 2009 season and has clearly lost some of his ability. One could also make a case for another veteran with starting experience, such as Rex Grossman, Mark Brunell or Jeff Garcia. Depending on the individual player, the limits on unrestricted free agents may come into play here as well.
I don't see it happening, however. In Painter, the Colts have found Sorgi, Part Two — a player they can bring out of college, teach him the system, have him learn the offense intimately, and do a serviceable job when needed. We never found out if Sorgi was capable of carrying the Colts if needed. Fans should hope the same is true of Painter for the next few seasons.
In all likelihood, Curtis Painter will be the Colts' No. 2 quarterback when the 2010 season opens. Perhaps, in time, he will also get back to being the fan favorite he was during training camp and preseason in 2009. There were many people — not just Purdue fans — rooting for him to make the team, and were happy when he did.
Scout.com's Adam Caplan contributed to this report.
Be sure to keep an eye out for Part Two, where we'll address other areas the team may be looking to upgrade.
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