5 pending free agents Colts should watch in Super Bowl LV

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All eyes will be on Super Bowl LV as the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers conclude the 2020 season at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.

The Indianapolis Colts have been hard at work trying to prepare for what will be a busy offseason. The free-agent market should have a heavy hand in that, especially given that the Colts are among the teams with the most salary-cap space in the NFL.

Here are five pending free agents the Colts should watch in Super Bowl LV:

DE Shaquil Barrett

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Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Likely to be one of the hottest names on the market if he gets there, Barrett will be leading a strong free-agent class at the edge rusher position. He was a part of our list of potential targets at the position in free agency for the Colts if he were to see the market. Though that is unlikely to happen, the Colts need help at the edge badly. Barrett has proven to be an extremely productive pass rusher over the last two seasons. He's stayed healthy and has thrived in Tampa. According to Pro Football Focus, Barrett's 77 total pressures led all edge rushers. Barrett is unlikely to see the market but if he does, the Colts should be interested.

OL Joe Haeg

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Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers A reunion with Haeg might be in the best interest of both parties. The Colts need to replace Anthony Castonzo, who retired this offseason, and Haeg will once again be looking for a significant role. He thought he had that last offseason when he signed a one-year deal with the Bucs. It's unlikely the Colts will spend heavily at the left tackle position this offseason. There are too many factors involved, including the fact that they don't have to. The Colts can get away with average left tackle play because of the players already solidified on the offensive line. Haeg would be a nice, cheap option to plug in at left tackle next to Quenton Nelson. He's been in the system, has shown versatility and wouldn't break the bank for the Colts. This would give the Colts the flexibility to sign a blue-chip edge rusher and move up in the draft for a quarterback.

WR Chris Godwin

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Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Though I ultimately believe the Colts won't be major players in the free-agent wide receiver market, Godwin's name has to be on this list simply because of his talent. However, it is more likely that Godwin won't be hitting the market. That said, Godwin is close to an elite talent at the wide receiver position. Some might argue that he's a better fit for the slot and as a No. 2 in the offense but even holding that role, he's able to put up strong production. It's unlikely the Colts will even go after Godwin because of his price tag, though, even if he hits the market.

DE Tanoh Kpassagnon

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Team: Kansas City Chiefs Another bargain bin option for the Colts they want to just add depth to the defensive line. Kpassagnon hasn't truly played to his potential but as Chris Ballard says, it can take time for pass rushers to develop. Kpassagnon is a solid target in free agency because he will likely be cheap. His size, length and explosiveness should jump off the tape for the Colts, especially given their need for pass rushers. Kpassagnon would likely switch between edge and interior in a similar role to that of Denico Autry. He might not be a well-known or even highly desired option, but Kpassagnon could be a cheaper target for the Colts if he hits the market.

WR Sammy Watkins

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Team: Kansas City Chiefs Another player on this list simply because of his name and potential, the Colts should not overpay for Watkins. Though he has proven to be an explosive playmaker throughout his career, Watkins has a lot of question marks. That said, if the Colts can get him on the cheap, he might not be a bad depth piece behind Michael Pittman Jr. and Zach Pascal. Watkins is capable of big plays down the field or with the ball in his hands. He's oft-injured and his 2020 season wasn't productive so he could come at a bargain. If he's at the right price and the Colts don't want to make major changes to the wide receiver corps, Watkins could be a target.