Indy has cap issues every year. But this year there are tough decisions to make with a few aging vets.
Hayden is not leaving. He is 25 years old and a good big physical corner. Polian says they will tag if they have to. I dont even feel he has reached his peak yet. This is not a Jason David or Nick Harper to me. I like Hayden.
I get the feeling Marvin is staying based on what Polian has said but I am not completely sure. He has no injury issues at the moment and I dont think they feel a replacement at receiver is already on the roster. They could draft one though.....Marvin should take a cut though if he wants to stay.
Saturday is the one who might be the odd man out I feel. He is aging as well and injury prone now and missed some games. He opted out of surgery last year. I think Jamey Richard played well in the games he started. Hey he handled some of the best NTs in the game against SD and Cleveland in the regular season. He is very tall but needs to put on some weight I feel. People will say we declined without Jeff but that was mostly early in the season when Peyton was not healthy either and the entire offense was out of it, Peyton also spent no time with the rooks in the offseason. we never had a running game all year no matter who played center.
Polian has Jeff behind Hayden in terms of free agency needs.
And I guess Clark is restructuring his contract to free up money and Sanders may as well. Not sure about Peytons contract.
I wanted Jeff over Marvin if possible but when I think about it we have a replacement for Jeff and not for Marvin that I feel comfortable with. I would like to keep everyone but as of now the only person I say is absolultey staying is Hayden. I hate to lose Jeff or Marvin but its the business. We never do much in FA but try to keep our own guys if we can and at least this year we have a first round pick.
We'll see......I always try to remain optimistic.
Most Colts cap issues can be found here.
ColtsCap Off-Season Update (2-12-09)