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April 2, 2014

Colts' offseason coming into focus

INDIANAPOLIS — After a couple of weeks of free agent signings, Indianapolis Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson is ready to move on to the next phase of the National Football League offseason.

Grigson saw the Colts retain several of their own veteran free agents, such as cornerback Vontae Davis, placekicker Adam Vinatieri, punter Pat McAfee, running back Ahmad Bradshaw, and safety/special teams coverage ace Sergio Brown.

And Indianapolis was an active participant in bringing in free agents from other teams — inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (Cleveland), defensive lineman Arthur Jones (Baltimore), wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (New York) and center Phil Costa (Dallas).

While the team still has approximately $13 million remaining in salary cap money to spend, Grigson said Friday morning that he's content to sit tight for now and wait to see how things shake out around the league. If there's a chance to add one or two more players, it has to be the right situation — both position-wise and contract-wise -— that is advantageous to the Colts.

“You never say you’re done. But if something pops up, I’m always looking at it," Grigson pointed out during a teleconference. "If one of my [player personnel] guys brings me a name that is of interest, I’ll look at him. We had a plan in place and we feel really good about it. We feel real good where we are at right now.

"Of course, we are going to look towards the draft, but again you never say never. We are always trying to get better. If somebody pops up here and they make sense from a roster standpoint and they fit the specs — age, and money, and big picture, then I’ll look at it.”

Grigson went into the free agency signing period with a specific set of team goals. He figures most of those benchmarks have been met.

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