Indianapolis Colts Urged To Sign a Key Free Agent Still Available

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 24: Running Back Demarco Murray
NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 24: Running Back Demarco Murray /

The Indianapolis Colts finally seem to have gotten their footing back after years of mismanagement. Things could get even better soon.

Andrew Luck is finally throwing a football again and reports no pain in his shoulder. There’s still a long way to go though before he’s considered ready for action. Whether he’s able to go on opening day? It’s far too soon to answer that question. In the meantime, the Colts need to stay focused on the rest of their roster and how they can prepare it for whenever he does finally return.

GM Chris Ballard has done a solid job reloading several positions to this point but there’s plenty of work left to do. Areas that still could use more help. It might seem too late now to do anything else, but that isn’t the case in the eyes of some. Indianapolis could benefit from signing one of the notable free agents still on the open market, especially in light of recent events.

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Former offensive lineman and current analyst for NFL Network Sean O’Hara was asked for his best fits for the remaining top free agents available. He believes the Colts would be an ideal landing spot for their former division rival running back DeMarco Murray.

"“The Colts, they could use a run game. You want to help out protect Andrew Luck. I think DeMarco Murray still has a lot of tread left on those tires and if I’m not mistaken they just lost a running back for four games. So I think that guy, I think Murray could fit in that offense and I think he’d be a good pickup for them.”"

Murray didn’t have one of his customary good years in 2017. He only averaged 3.6 yards per carry for the Tennessee Titans, sparking their decision to supplant him as the starter with Derrick Henry. At 30-years old it’s no surprise Murray was cut loose. His best days are behind him. That said he still managed to produce 925 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns. So he’s at least proven he can still be productive.

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The Colts are also better equipped to utilize a back of his type. He’s a downhill runner so having a strong interior offensive line is a must. That problem was erased when Quenton Nelson became their 1st round pick in the draft. Nelson was the best guard in the country and one of the best to come out of college in years.

Running behind him, Jack Mewhort and Ryan Kelly could give Murray a bit of a career resurgence. Presuming, of course, the Colts are willing to take the risk.