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February 11, 2013

What awaits the Colts?

Now that the NFL season has officially ended, what’s a football fanatic to do with their time?

Obsess after their team’s last loss? That’s not very healthy or productive, although I know a number of New England fans doing just that.

Shut off all sports media and take a well-deserved break and spend that time with their families? That seems like a great idea, but one that made some of you laugh out loud.

Begin to think about spring training and fantasy baseball? Probably not.

Look forward to next year as the NFL really has no offseason anymore as everything from the combine and draft preparation, to OTAs and mini-camp are now reported on at great length for each and every team through various media outlets?

Yes, sir! Because who really wants to spend time moping or getting together with your dysfunctional relatives or even waiting on spring training?

Let’s start our journey from the vantage point that 31 NFL teams’ fans are now looking toward. I’m excluding the Baltimore Ravens fans because their collective heads are still stuck in the clouds.

Indianapolis has until March 12, the opening day of free agency, to lock down its own free agents before worrying about the No. 24 selection in the first round of the NFL Draft. Although the Colts are probably doing both at the same time.

Most diehard NFL fans are now focused like a laser on the start of free agency and the 2013 NFL Draft held April 25, 26, and 27.

The Colts have the ability to do something they’ve not been able to do in many years: build through free agency. With a large surplus of cap space at around $44 million of a guesstimated cap of $121.1 million for the upcoming season, Indianapolis can go out and get some players that can come in and help right away.

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