Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson didn’t have much money to spend in his first year on the job, but the financial situation looks better heading into this offseason.
On Tuesday, Grigson said that he wasn’t just going to throw money at the biggest names available this offseason. If he does decide to make a big play, though, it wouldn’t be surprising to see it happen on the offensive line. Quarterback Andrew Luck was sacked 41 times in his rookie season and took plenty of other hits behind an offensive line that Grigson acknowledges has to get better.
“Andrew has to get hit less, we know that,” Grigson said, via the Associated Press. “Andrew took a lot of shots this year but also keep this in mind, and I say this with a lot of conviction, there was only I believe four games this year where our starting offensive line played together. How can you have a cohesive unit?”
Tackles like Ryan Clady, Jermon Bushrod, Jake Long and Branden Albert could be free agents this offseason and would be upgrades of varying degrees over even the healthiest possible Colts unit of 2012. Protecting Luck will be essential to building on this year’s success and it should be a top priority in Indy this offseason.