2. No bang for their buck
For a team as prudent as the Colts, a five-year, $43 million deal for Kelvin Hayden was a little surprising.
Granted, Hayden had played well in 2008. But he only managed 637 snaps and was hardly among the league’s elite (ranking 23rd) on his way to 8 pass deflections and 3 interceptions. So when he missed significant playing time we questioned the move, and then we saw his performance and he questioned it even more.
Injury can be used as an excuse (with the concern then being regarding his durability), but the facts remain Hayden gave up 3 touchdowns and a very high 65.8 percent of balls thrown his way while recording only 4 pass deflections and 2 interceptions. He earned his -8.7 rating and will need to play better than the 97th-ranked corner we had him if the Colts are going to contend with the more explosive passing attacks in the NFL.
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