While the Colts missed out on signing Jones, it opened the door for them to acquire defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, who apparently became a casualty with Maxx Crosby entrenched on the other side of the Raiders defensive line.
The Colts now have a defensive line that includes Ngakoue (LEO), DeForest Buckner (3-Tech), Grover Stewart (1-Tech) and Kwity Paye (Big End). They also re-signed the versatile Tyquan Lewis while the highly-promising Dayo Odeyingbo can work his way into a sub-package role during his first full offseason.
Signing Ngakoue to an extension is likely to be on the docket as he’s a free agent in 2023. That deal isn’t imminent, according to Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star.
The Colts had to make a move like this. Whether it was being aggressive for a free-agent edge rusher or making a trade for a player like Ngakoue, they couldn’t simply stand pat while other teams got better.
This is a big splash move that should be met with praise given Ngakoue’s history of production.