Colts aggressive on first day, Cherilus agrees to deal

Reuters

The Colts were one of the surprise teams on 2012, and they’re one of the most aggressive so far in 2013.

According to multiple reports, the Colts have agreed to a deal with Lions tackle Gosder Cherilus, and are visiting with safety LaRon Landry. They’re also reported to be in pursuit of Lions defensive end Cliff Avril.

As you might imagine, this has owner Jim Irsay excited.

Landing Cherilus will help them protect quarterback Andrew Luck, which should have been their first priority.

UPDATE 5:31 P.M. ET: Irsay also tweets that they’ve agreed with Cardinals cornerback Greg Toler and Packers linebacker Erik Walden, in addition to Cherilus.

33 responses to “Colts aggressive on first day, Cherilus agrees to deal

  1. > Landing Cherilus will help them protect quarterback Andrew Luck

    You obviously didn’t see many Lions games last season. Good riddance.

  2. Rick Spielman did a good job negotiating this deal, no question. It also helped that almost nobody outside Winter Park knows the extent of the disruption Percy caused the team.

    Now to the issue of filling Harvin’s shoes:
    I doubt that this will happen, but it is still unclear to me why the Vikes wouldn’t make a big offer to Victor Cruz and give the Giants their original first rounder. Cruz is an ultra-productive slot receiver who can also play outside, tough (not prone to injury), and seemingly a great team player. He would likely cost about the same as Harvin, but without the diva act or the missed games.

    The Giants are too close to the cap to be able to match an incentive-laden deal the Vikes could afford (unfortunate that they can no longer do a poison pill deal now like they used to get Hutchinson, as that would make it much easier).

    Cruz is from the NYC area and likely really wants to stay with the Giants, but he probably wants a long-term deal in the $8-10 mill/year range even more.

    Jennings would be fine, but he’s a short-term fix. Cruz would help Ponder and the team a lot more and for a lot longer.

  3. As a Colts fan, I love this new GM. Polian was never an aggressive free agency player and was drafting poorly over the last few years.

    Grigson is the opposite and actually seems like a guy you’d enjoy working with.

  4. Boston College is responsible for Andrew Luck. You should feel good about that. Good smart players with a great tradition on the O-Line.

    Cherilus took a bit longer then expected but maybe this is a better fit.

    Good luck in the offseason from a Pats fan.

  5. Thank god someone took him off our hands so we can move on. Hey Jim interested in Raiola or Backus too?

  6. Foolish move on the part of the Colts. It took Gosder five full seasons to finally get the hang of Detroit’s man blocking scheme. Now, these guys imagine that he’s just going to walk in and figure out an unorthodox zone scheme? Good luck with that! (Let’s just say that Cherilus confounds the stereotypes about the mental acuity of offensive linemen in the NFL. And not in a good way.)

  7. coltzfan166 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:36 PM

    As a Colts fan, I love this new GM. Polian was never an aggressive free agency player and was drafting poorly over the last few years.
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    When Manning was in town, Colts fanboys thought they had the best GM in the whole wide world. Manning is lost to an injury for a year, and suddenly Polian is a bum. Fair weather fans.

  8. Gosder became a good RT. The Lions couldn’t afford him and he deserved a payday. I hope his knee issues don’t cause him problems as he get older.

  9. Hyzers, neither. They’ll draft Jarvis Jones. If they can trade back, most likely with the Bills, then they’ll pop for OG Larry Warford in the 2nd or OT Chris Faulk. My dream draft here would be Jones, Montgomery/Carradine, Warford, Rambo. Ready to rock and roll….

  10. Well now I won’t have to watch a mediocre player and above average hot-head (albeit with an entertaining name) dive at Jared Allen’s knees twice a year.

  11. Millen era 1st round garbage. Good bye Gosder happy you won’t be in Honolulu Blue anymore to be flagged for your trademark drive killing penalty on 3rd down.

  12. To give him credit, Goz had a nice year last year…in his contract year. The previous years he was a mistake waiting to happen…numerous false start penalties and personal fouls, all at the worst time…he’s a replaceable commodity that can get overpaid to be the very meh OT he was previous to 2012…oh, and you can have Avril too…speaking of one good year and meh otherwise…between the two it’s cost you about $16M a yr in cap room. have fun with that!

  13. As a Lions fan I can tell you that this is a crushing loss for us. Any of you who who are saying things like “good riddance” or “yeah cause he did such a great job protecting Stafford” really weren’t paying much attention to what was going on up front. Backus and Raiola were horrible this year but Peterman and especially Cherilus played well. Cherilus was hands down our best lineman. He will be missed.

  14. All this cap space and they sign Walden ?!? He is just terrible. like the cherilus pick up. Need to bolster the middle and fill holes on d and were set for a run on the.division.

  15. Point of note, the Lions has the 4th best Sack:Pass Attempt ratio in the NFL last season. They threw the ball over 25 times per sack, which is pretty solid.

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