The Indianapolis Colts look to improve their roster after being easily dispatched by the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.
The Colts kept cornerback Darius Butler, safeties Mike Adams and Colt Anderson, and offensive lineman Joe Reitz. But some major additions came on both offense and defense that should have the Colts in a great position to compete in another AFC Championship game behind Andrew Luck.
First and foremost, the Colts have decided to continue without long-time wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Wayne has been a Colt for 14 seasons, starting in 197 of a possible 211 games, catching over 1,000 passes for more than 14,000 yards with 82 touchdowns. After Wayne is inducted into the Colts Hall of Fame, he’ll make his way towards Canton, Ohio. The Colts also lost defensive lineman Cory Redding and offensive lineman A.Q. Shipley.
Indianapolis looked towards the very busy Philadelphia Eagles to replace the final two names listed above. Both offensive lineman Todd Herremans and linebacker Trent Cole have both been brought on board. The other addition was adding defensive end Kendall Langford from the St. Louis Rams.
On offense, the Colts are moving on from Trent Richardson by signing ex-San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore. Gore brought along his friend and college teammate at the University of Miami, Andre Johnson from the Houston Texas as the team’s two main additions on offense. Andre Johnson will join T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief as the primary three wide receivers.
You wouldn’t think a team would have to make major moves after reaching an AFC Championship game, but the game’s uncompetitive nature left a bad stain on a rather successful season. Indianapolis Colts tickets will remain at a premium, as they’re favorites yet again to win the AFC South division. Can the Colts get over the hump behind Luck and his new weapons? Hipmunk.com can help you see the answer live with flights to and from Indianapolis to take in a Colts game anywhere in the country. Hotels near Lucas Oil Stadium through Hipmunk start from $89 and up so all you have to do is wake up to be next to the stadium.
In Luck’s first three seasons with the Colts, the team has improved. Starting with a loss in the Wildcard game, then a loss in the divisional round, following with a loss in the AFC championship game. The Colts have gone 11-5 in all three seasons with Luck under center. When do they make the jump?