GM Chris Ballard’s meticulous approach has Colts with NFL’s fewest free-agent signings

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But this is how it’s going to be. Ballard might as well climb to the top of the tallest building in Indianapolis and yell at the top of his lungs that he plans to be diligent in his free-agency approach. The general manager has a script, and as of now he doesn’t plan to deviate from it, particularly because he’s a firm believer that you can’t sustain success by relying on free agency.

Indy’s one move — the signing of defensive lineman Denico Autry — tied Pittsburgh for the fewest in the NFL through Thursday night. Offensive lineman Ryan Jensen was expected to meet with the Colts on Thursday evening, and tight end Eric Ebron is scheduled to meet with the team this weekend.78

Ballard could spur the Colts to some short-term success with a healthy Andrew Luck (shoulder) by overspending on a free agent or two. But short-term success isn’t what he’s looking for. He wants to sustain it with a core of younger players he’d ideally re-sign down the road.

Based on the early results, the Colts aren’t looking like a team that’s ready to rebound from its worst season since 2011. Not when they have pressing needs at receiver, offensive line, pass-rusher and cornerback to go with the uncertainty surrounding Luck’s health. Nearly two-thirds of ESPN’s top 100 free agents have already agreed to deals while the Colts continue to show patience in not following the mob mentality of pouncing on, and likely overpaying for,reebok nfl jerseys players out of the gate.

This is basically what the Colts did last year; they picked things up during the second wave of free agency, after players didn’t get offered as much money as they thought they would get early on. Indianapolis’ first significant 2017 signing didn’t come until it brought in defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins nearly five weeks after the start of free agency. The other notable additions — linebackers John Simon and Jabaal Sheard — came two days after the start of free agency.