The list of Colts free agent targets 2022 doesn’t feature many top-tier names. That’s not because they can’t afford them but because they were a well-round, well-coached team with not many obvious needs.

Most Colts free agency rumors have them moving on from Carson Wentz after last year’s fiasco in the season finale. Other than that, you could argue that they could use another wideout or two to complement their top-notch running game with Jonathan Taylor leading the way.

Colts free agent targets 2022

The Colts could also use more depth at the cornerback position but, in reality, they’re just a solid quarterback away from being a legit Super Bowl contender. With all those things in mind, let’s take a look at the top five players they should look to sign in the offseason.

5. JuJu Smith-Schuster

JuJu Smith-Schuster was expected to break out sans Antonio Brown and that never happened. He failed to live up to the expectations as a number one receiver and made the news more often for his TikToks than for his actual production on the football field.

Even so, he’s one of the best free agents this offseason. It’s clear that he needs a new environment to thrive after overstaying his welcome in Pittsburgh. He’s physically gifted and would benefit from playing for a team with an actual passing game.

       

4. Melvin Ingram

The Indianapolis Colts could use some depth at the defensive end position, and Melvin Ingram might well be what the doctor ordered. He’s aging and coming off back-to-back subpar seasons, so he may not get a big-price deal at this point in his career.

Ingram was one of the most consistent headhunters in the league back in the day. He enjoyed the best years of his career under Gus Bradley’s schemes, making the Colts an obvious fit for him. He may want to join them on a ‘prove-it’ kind of deal before retiring.

3. Allen Robinson

Allen Robinson has always put up monster numbers on bad teams. He’s never played with an elite quarterback, yet he continues to prove that he’s one of the best wideouts in the world. Needless to say, he may look to join a contender for the first time in his career.

The wide receiver position is near the top of the Colts’ offseason needs list. With T.Y. Hilton spending most of the time on the shelf, they’ve craved a deep-ball threat for a couple of years now. Robinson is an elite route-runner who could turn their passing game around.

2. Casey Hayward

Although the Colts had a pretty solid defense overall, their cornerback position was the weakest. They’re reportedly targeting several players to fix that issue, including Carlton Davis, Ahkello Witherspoon, and Casey Hayward; who makes the most sense among all of those.

Just like Ingram, Hayward would be delighted to play for Gus Bradley again after two successful stints under his tutelage. He may not be the dominant ballhawk he was during his prime but he’s been as reliable and healthy as they come throughout the years.

1. Marcus Mariota

Ok, Marcus Mariota has paid his dues. The talent was always there, the consistency wasn’t. Notably, a spell on the sidelines taking a backup role to Ryan Tannehill and Derek Carr may have been more than enough for him to finally learn from his mistakes.

Most NFL offseason predictions have Mariota becoming a starter again next year. He’s a dual-threat quarterback who’s still quite young and may only need a change of scenery. Moreover, all things considered, he can’t do any worst than Carson Wentz, the man responsible for the Colts’ debacle.

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