With so many critical choices for the Indianapolis Colts this offseason, the team needs to improve in all phases. The team has a prime opportunity to elevate the roster, starting with free agency in March.
Here are four pending free agents the Colts should not re-sign:
DE Ben Banogu
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Defensive end Ben Banogu has been the subject of trade rumors since 2021 and entered the 2022 season under scrutiny. Banogu has been highly underwhelming and never earned a significant role despite his second-round draft capital.
The team should move on by drafting his replacement or picking up a feasible option in free agency.
DE Tyquan Lewis
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The tenure of defensive end Tyquan Lewis with the Colts has mainly been a lot of unanswered questions. Lewis has always shown great instincts and speed but has struggled to stay healthy. The team has been sensitive to this, even signing Lewis to an extension last year as a measure of good faith.
However, with back-to-back season-ending injuries, Chris Ballard will have to decide to move on.
CB Brandon Facyson
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The Colts certainly need depth at the cornerback position but could continue without the contributions of Brandon Facyson. Thought to be a solid addition with the support of defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, Facyson was often a liability in coverage and had a disappointing season.
Add in the emergence of Isaiah Rodgers Sr., and the decision to sever ties becomes easier.
OT Matt Pryor
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The Colts’ offensive line was a primary culprit for the team’s woes this season, starting with the decision to play Matt Pryor at left tackle. Pryor struggled mightily, and despite shifting to other positions along the line, like right guard and right tackle, he could not produce.
Letting Matt Pryor walk in free agency should be a no-brainer for the team’s front office.