The Indianapolis Colts Should Sign Linebacker Travis Laboy: Fan's Opinion

The Indianapolis Colts still have several holes to fill in their transition to a 3-4 defense. One of the biggest needs is at the outside linebacker position. The team needs players that know and are comfortable in the 3-4 scheme and can help the current players with the transition. One player who could fit that need is Travis Laboy who was released by the San Diego Chargers on May 7.

Laboy is far from a great player and wouldn’t deserve to be a starter on the roster. At this point, the team needs veterans to ease the transition and provide quality depth. If he’s willing to sign a minimum contract, Laboy would be able to fill in behind Freeney and Mathis and provide a solid rotational player for the team. Right now Indianapolis only has other players transitioning to the position behind Freeney and Mathis. Those players may or may not pan out and have a mixed chance of success.

One major factor that could make this move happen is Laboy’s familiarity with the system Indianapolis is trying to implement. Laboy played the last two seasons for new defensive coordinator Greg Manusky in both San Diego and San Francisco. I think this is a natural fit for the team and one they should jump to make. Andrew Luck will need time to develop and needs a strong defense around him. Travis Laboy isn’t a name that should excite fans by any means. This is the kind of signing that helps improve the team though. Veterans are needed and he could provide help to the players currently on the roster.

At this point in the summer, Indianapolis has a few needs left to fill out the roster. They should have a strong rookie class and could use one or two veterans on defense to improve the roster entering training camp. I think Travis Laboy would be a nice addition and is a signing that the team should make. The addition isn’t one that should get fans overly excited, but is one that could improve the team in 2012.

Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely. He also runs the blog that covers the team. Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.

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The Indianapolis Colts Should Sign Linebacker Travis Laboy: Fan's Opinion

The Indianapolis Colts still have several holes to fill in their transition to a 3-4 defense. One of the biggest needs is at the outside linebacker position. The team needs players that know and are comfortable in the 3-4 scheme and can help the current players with the transition. One player who could fit that need is Travis Laboy who was released by the San Diego Chargers on May 7.

Laboy is far from a great player and wouldn’t deserve to be a starter on the roster. At this point, the team needs veterans to ease the transition and provide quality depth. If he’s willing to sign a minimum contract, Laboy would be able to fill in behind Freeney and Mathis and provide a solid rotational player for the team. Right now Indianapolis only has other players transitioning to the position behind Freeney and Mathis. Those players may or may not pan out and have a mixed chance of success.

One major factor that could make this move happen is Laboy’s familiarity with the system Indianapolis is trying to implement. Laboy played the last two seasons for new defensive coordinator Greg Manusky in both San Diego and San Francisco. I think this is a natural fit for the team and one they should jump to make. Andrew Luck will need time to develop and needs a strong defense around him. Travis Laboy isn’t a name that should excite fans by any means. This is the kind of signing that helps improve the team though. Veterans are needed and he could provide help to the players currently on the roster.

At this point in the summer, Indianapolis has a few needs left to fill out the roster. They should have a strong rookie class and could use one or two veterans on defense to improve the roster entering training camp. I think Travis Laboy would be a nice addition and is a signing that the team should make. The addition isn’t one that should get fans overly excited, but is one that could improve the team in 2012.

Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely. He also runs the blog that covers the team. Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.

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Indianapolis Colts Select Andrew Luck First Overall: Fan Reaction

The Indianapolis Colts have their new quarterback of the future. Andrew Luck has now officially been chosen with the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. The draft began and shortly thereafter the pick was in. Luck was the man all along and now fans know with all certainty that he is their quarterback.

In many ways this night represented a changing of the guard. Seeing Luck hold up the number 12 Colt jersey and put on the Indianapolis hat proved that the new era has officially begun. As a fan, I couldn’t be more excited. Hearing Luck speak about the opportunity shows that this kid was the perfect person for the job. Luck seems to understand the team and the situation he is coming in to. Indianapolis had the worst record in the NFL in 2011 but just became significantly better with the addition of their new franchise quarterback.

I personally think Luck will not have growing pains the way many others do. He has a decent offensive line with new additions to it, two very good receivers, and running backs that showed promise last season. Adding a quarterback of Luck’s talent will provide a major boost towards the rebuilding project. This team just got much better last night with the selection of Andrew Luck. I can’t remember being more excited about a draft choice in a long time.

I’ve said all along that I think this kid is going to be a very good quarterback and has the potential to be one of the best in the game. Luck brings excitement back to a fan base that lost a lot of hope just weeks ago. I think he’ll reinvigorate everyone into believing in the future and buying into the team moving forward. This kid brings excitement and a sense of newness along with him. With nine picks remaining, I only hope that Ryan Grigson and the team can surround him with the weapons necessary to allow him to succeed.

Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely. He runs a blog about the team at . Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.

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