Chris Ballard, general manager of Indianapolis Colts, doesn’t seem like a “brave” guy. That didn’t worry Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report, who sees the Colts and their straight-keeled general manager as brave and hands out a massive contract to an experienced freehand recipient.
Gagnon plans for Ballard and the Colts to make a splash by giving former Detroit Lions recipient Kenny Golladay an order valued at approximately $ 20 million per year.
“Once Chris Godwin and Allen Robinson II were tagged by the Buccaneers and Bears, respectively, Detroit Lions’ upcoming Lions recipient Kenny Golladay became the beauty of the ball in the marketplace.
“No other receiver on the verge of free choice has the combination of potential and accomplishments that the large, often domineering, 1000-yard double wideout possesses. There are some durability concerns after taking all games through 2020 Missed on five, but it is him. ” also used relatively gently at 27.
“Someone is going to make him very rich next week, and I think someone will most likely be an Indianapolis Colts team looking to pull out all the stops in a possibly new year with new quarterback Carson, Wentz.
“Wentz joins a Colts team that just lost retired Anthony Castonzo and may also lose fading 31-year-old top receiver TY Hilton in the free agent market. Golladay would at least be an upgrade over Hilton for Indy’s fourth start Quarterback in so many seasons.
“Given that the cap-laden Jacksonville Jaguars, Jets, Patriots, Dolphins, and the Washington Football Team are also going to be competing for Golladay’s service, Indy must be unusually aggressive in his pursuit.
“But General Manager Chris Ballard has shown a willingness to be flexible and take risks over the past couple of offseasons (see: Trades for Wentz and DeForest Buckner), and the Colts don’t have much other work to do while crouching . ” projected cap space of nearly $ 50 million.
“All other potential applicants except the Jets and Pats have strong No. 1 alternatives in the broad recipient position, and New York and New England have more work to do across the board than Indy.
“Because the demand is there, I expect the Colts to give Golladay a deal worth at least $ 20 million a year.”
While Golladay makes a lot of sense to the Colts, knowing that he’s the “beauty of the ball” at the recipient in the free agency makes it difficult to see Ballard and the Colts secure the Brinks truck for the 27-year-old Receiver.
Historically, Ballard is smart with his money when he is spending on free agent pass catchers. In fact, the Colts only got one free agency deal worth $ 20 million or more, and that was a $ 25 million one-year deal for veteran QB Phillip Rivers last season.
During his tenure as Colts’ GM, Ballard has a $ 10 million contract to Devin Funchess, $ 6.75 million per year to former tight end Eric Ebron, and a $ 5 million contract to former Wide Receiver Ryan Grant awarded.
Ballard just doesn’t spend big on passport catchers, so I can’t see Golladay joining the blue and white deal that would make him the third highest paid wide receiver behind Atlanta’s Julio Jones and Dallas’ Amari Cooper.
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