All the buzz in Indianapolis this week will likely surround Chris Ballard’s decision-making in free agency. However, three players who could play important roles for the Colts next season were brought back on team-friendly deals yesterday. Before we get into these three players, a look at restricted free agency and how tenders work:
The compensatory draft picks are a possible disincentive to other teams who would otherwise like to make an offer for a player. If a player receives a second round tender from his current team and receives a contract offer from another, his current team can match the outside offer to keep the player or allow him to leave. If the player leaves, the new team will be owed his new team’s second round draft pick.
The Indianapolis Colts and the rest of the NFL are only a few short days away from free agency kicking off. While there is some obvious excitement from Colts’ fans as the team holds a ton of cap space heading into the 2019 season, GM Chris Ballard has already taken care of re-signing a few important players internally in recent weeks.
The Colts signed extensions with Mark Glowinski, Ross Travis, and Margus Hunt thus far and there are a few others who might still be scooped up previous to free agency officially getting underway. Glowinski went from a virtual camp body to a pivotal starter throughout the course of the season, Travis offers a very interesting skill set to the tight end room and looked extremely promising previous to a year-ending knee injury. Hunt was a part of Ballard’s initial free agency process and has grown into his own with the Colts for the first time in his career.
One of those Colts who is set to become a free agent as the new league year kicks off is safety Matthias Farley. Now the Colts also have cornerback Pierre Desir and safety Clayton Geathers in the mix for possibly being re-signed. 32-year-old Mike Mitchell doesn’t seem to be quite as likely a candidate to come back, and the team has already stated that they won’t offer Corey Moore a return to Indy either.
Additionally, the Colts have some interesting options around the league to bring in to plug in at safety if they aren’t to agree on extensions with their respective teams and there’s an interesting field at the position in the draft as well. Aside from Malik Hooker and George Odum — an UDFA in 2018 — there isn’t much in the cupboard under contract for 2019.
Farley adds quite a bit to the safety corps for the Colts and it makes sense to bring him back via an affordable contract which Farley would likely manage regardless of whether he comes back to Indy or is allowed to test the market. Re-signing Farley certainly doesn’t hamper the Colts’ plans for the position regardless of where they would possibly look to add top-end talent to the position.
We’ve seen year in, and year out that quality depth is not only good to have, but pertinent to having the ability for absorbing injuries, poor play as well as adapting to various team’s offensive systems.
Farley has been good in coverage for the Colts and fits well in a Cover 2 shell moving forward under Matt Eberflus. He only played in 5 games last year for the Colts, but defended 4 passes, added an interception, and 19 total tackles. He continued to be a powerful hitter, and the versatility to sit atop the coverage or move down into the box under any assignment given to him.
In 2017 Farley was very important to the team’s efforts finishing third on the team in total tackles (95), and was second on the team in passes defensed (7) as well as third with 2 interceptions. Farley, for my money, in this 2017 season, proved that he was not only an excellent rotational option for the Colts at safety, but also capable of being a reliable starter when called upon.
Farley doesn’t bring the top-level money value to the free agency period this year, as he’s coming off of a short year due to injury. But, he’s familiar and works well within the Colts’ defensive system, they absolutely love his leadership and knowledge he brings to the back end of the Colts’ defense, he’ll only be 27 this year, and the Colts constantly talk about keeping their own in the building.
I definitely believe that Farley has done enough in every aspect of what the Colts are looking to do, in order to be brought back to bolster the Colts defensive depth moving forward.
Colts safety Matthias Farley isn’t going to shy away from adversity. After being undrafted in 2016, he has fought for roster spots on multiple NFL teams. He has found a home on the Colts, but his playing time was halted last season when injuries piled up.
“You take everything for granted when you are healthy. To be sidelined, it really makes you appreciate the game a lot more, the lockeroom a lot more. The feeling of being apart of that day to day grind with the guys you go to war with means a lot more.”
Matthias also discussed regaining the trust of the team to step up when his number is called. Although it is a serious sport, he realizes that “it is a child’s game that NFL players are lucky to play as men.”
After posting their worst season since 2011, the Indianapolis Colts decided to make a change at head coach, which also resulted in an overhaul of the rest of the coaching staff.
With Frank Reich taking over as head coach, there will be plenty of other changes coming, especially to the defense – a unit that will be switching to a 4-3 scheme.
Third-year safety Matthias Farley had a nice breakout season as a starter for the Colts in 2017 and he’s excited about the direction the team is heading in.
“I think change is awesome,” Farley told Colts.com. “I think it’s oftentimes scary for a lot of people — myself included; there’s always uncertainty to it. But I think when you buy in and you have somebody who’s coming in who’s going to change the culture, change the dynamic, I think when that happens it gives everybody a clean slate, from the top down.”
Filling in for strong safety Clayton Geathers, who was recovering from offseason neck surgery to repair a herniated disc, Farley wound up starting 15 games in the backend of the defense and enjoyed a solid breakout campaign.
Geathers, who is known for being good against the run, left a void that was tough to fill. Farley did exactly that, flying under the radar as a consistent piece of a defense that lacked much of that.
The Indianapolis Colts are placing safety Matthias Farley on the injured reserve list, head coach Frank Reich announced Friday.
After leaving the Week 5 loss to the New England Patriots early due to injury, Farley wasn’t able to practice this week due to shoulder, groin and wrist injuries.
The Colts then decided to place him on I.R. and call up tight end Mo Alie-Cox from the practice squad.
Farley, while playing more of a reserve role, was a key part of the defense before suffering his injuries. The Colts often liked to use him as a dime linebacker in three safety sets.
In five games (one start) this season, Farley recorded 17 tackles (10 solo), four passes defended, one interception and one forced fumble.
Farley will likely be replaced by veteran safety Mike Mitchell, who was signed this week to add depth to the secondary. Undrafted rookie George Odum could also see an uptick in snaps.
Alie-Cox will be brought up from the practice squad. He’s played in one game this season recording one catch for 17 yards.