Four ways Indianapolis Colts can address OT need this offseason

Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Quenton Nelson (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Quenton Nelson (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) /
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Anthony Castonzo, Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

It was a tough end of the season for the Indianapolis Colts, losing by three points in Buffalo in their Super Wild Card Weekend matchup. As their season is now brought to a close, there are major questions for this team heading into the offseason. Whether or not Philip Rivers continues to play is something to watch for sure.

The tackle position is now one of great importance, as longtime tackle Anthony Castonzo announced his retirement. Castonzo played an impressive percentage of the Colts’ offensive snaps, appearing in 12 games. Injuries bothered him a bit all year, and he decided it was time.

This retirement opens up another big hole on an otherwise very good roster. Indianapolis has the pieces on both sides of the football to contend, and now it’s about getting the right quarterback in the building to elevate this team.

Obviously, helping out whoever it ends up being (Jacob Eason, a rookie, or a vet) is paramount. Finding the next left tackle will be important for general manager Chris Ballard and head coach Frank Reich.

The good news is that there isn’t only one way to find the left tackle of the future for this franchise. Whether it’s drafting one, signing a free agent, or a player making a position switch. All avenues will be considered, and because this could be the year Ballard gets aggressive to take a quarterback in the draft, the approach may not end up being what many think.

Let’s take a look at four options the Indianapolis Colts have in addressing the left tackle position.