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Jim Irsay says Colts eyeing another addition on defense that will ‘excite some’

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The Indianapolis Colts have made a couple of big additions over the past month in pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue and quarterback Matt Ryan, but they may not be done just yet. The Colts still have needs to fill on both sides of the ball, and they could be close to bringing in another legitimate starter.

During a recent interview with the Colts’ official website, team owner and CEO Jim Irsay said that general manager Chris Ballard is attempting to land another difference maker on defense.

“We could have, there could be — it would have to be at the right price because we don’t have much cap room — an addition that excites some, but we’ll see,” Irsay said. “It’s possible, I know Chris Ballard is looking hard at that. Trying to find the right individual, it has to be the right guy at the right number. But one more veteran possibly to come in and make a big difference.”

While Irsay says the Colts don’t have much cap room, Over The Cap states Indy has the second-most available money at $22.04 million. As for the player that Irsay is speaking on, our eyes immediately drift to the secondary. 

The two best available free agents according to CBS Sports are cornerback Stephon Gilmore and safety Tyrann Mathieu. Both are veterans who can come in and make an immediate impact with the Colts, but both players are also being pursued by multiple clubs. As Irsay said, the “right number” is important. 

While we think Irsay is speaking on a defensive back, there are multiple front seven players who are still searching for new homes as well, such as Akiem Hicks of the Chicago Bears, Jadeveon Clowney of the Cleveland Browns and Melvin Ingram of the Kansas City Chiefs

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