Indianapolis Colts new general manager Chris Ballard has been patient in free agency. And I cannot emphasize patient enough.
Ballard inherited a mess from former GM Ryan Grigson.
The Colts defense ranked in the bottom of the league in multiple categories over the last two seasons. Ballard took to a point to improving that area.
Of his 10 free agent signings thus far. nine have been on the defense side of the ball. But the last signee could help franchise quarterback Andrew Luck.
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Aiken was a forgotten man in 2016 with a healthy Steve Smith back in the lineup. After catching 75 passes for 944 yards and five touchdowns in 2015, Aiken saw those numbers slip to just 24 catch for 267 yards and three touchdowns last season.
The former 2011 undrafted free agent has the ideal size for a redzone target at 6’2″ and 215 pounds. And his one-year team friendly deal is a perfect fit for both sides.
What does this mean? Nothing long-term for former first-round pick Phillip Dorsett, but Aiken will likely cut into his snaps this season.
Aiken, has an uncanny knack for finding the end zone in the redzone over the last few seasons. His 41 touchdown percentage in the redzone is only second to Donte Moncrief in that time.
Something tells me Andrew Luck is a little happy to add him to the roster.