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Antonio Cromartie, CB, Cedric Ogbuehi Jersey Jets: Four years, $32 million. He was released in 2016 and earned $7.03 million, roughly the guaranteed portion of his deal. He played with the Colts in 2016, sat out 2017 and last week announced his retirement.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Chiefs: Five years, $55.5 million. His guaranteed money was $22.5 million; he got $23 million in his first two seasons and was unexpectedly released last June. The two-year deal he signed with the Ravens guaranteed $6 million; he’s a cap casualty possibility this offseason.
Julius Thomas, TE, Jaguars: Five years, $46 million. This at the time was touted as the biggest free-agent contract ever for a tight end. His guaranteed money was $24 million; he was traded to the Dolphins after two years and about $21 million. They restructured his contract, signing him for two years and $7.5 million guaranteed. Thomas reportedly will be cut before Wednesday’s beginning of the new league year.
Ballard likes Melvin and wants him back, but he also won’t overspend for a late bloomer coming off a hand injury. The Patriots’ Malcolm Butler is slightly younger. Although Butler struggled a bit in 2017, he is durable, has a longer history of strong coverage and can perform well in the zone. At a similar price to Melvin, Butler would be a better value.
Game Kids Shaq Thompson Jersey Behind Melvin, Pierre Desir and corner-turned-safety Darius Butler are also free agents. With how much money they have, the Colts could get a top-end starter and some more punch for the slot.
If it’s not Melvin returning or Butler arriving, the Bears’ Kyle Fuller and the Redskins’ Bashaud Breeland have appeal because they’re younger with more upside. For inside, the Colts should consider the Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman and the Raiders’ T.J. Carrie.