S — Are you amazed it took so long for your own Indianapolis Colts to make their first significant move — registering up pass-rusher Justin Houston — of free agency?

You shouldn’t be.

Patience, patience and more patience would be that the message that Colts general director Chris Ballard was crying from the very top of Lucas Oil Stadium since he was hired two decades back.

The registering of Houston on Thursday can be really just a prime illustration of this patience. The typical manager sat back, watched the registering frenzy during the initial wave of free agency last week and waited to get the price tag to fall players who weren’t signed. To put it simply, the Colts don’t have a Black Friday spending mentality; it’s more of a Dollar General mentality.

“I love the way that they playwith, their attitude, your time and attempt they play with on the field,” Houston said. “I just would like to be yet another pass-rusher within the scheme that can cause some more headaches.”

Ballard’s patient approach in free agency wears lean on the fans who want the Colts to pounce the moment free agency starts. Ballard didn’t do that in 2018 and the Colts finished with a 10-6 record, which makes it to the divisional round of the playoffs. As much as it might overlook some, Ballard intends to continue to be deliberate when it comes to assaulting the offseason. Houston joins receiver Devin Funchess while the sole two outside free agents the Colts have signed so far.

Ballard is now history with Houston from if he spent working in the Chiefs’ front office. Both exchanged a lot of texting while Houston was taking a look at his options.

“I think it played a huge role,” Houston said regarding his connection with Ballard. “He’s a great guy. We’ve experienced a lot of contact going on. Just knowing him and the type of guy he knows — somebody that I can expect and only speak to knowing I have an honest answer and to know exactly what he is looking for and feel as though that I could help played a massive job.”

Houston, who’s 78.5 sacks in his career, is that type of player and gives the Colts their initial chubby pass-rusher since Robert Mathis. Mathis had 19.5 sacks at 2013.

Despite lost 21 games on the past four seasons, Houston still has managed to capture 30 sacks.

One of the biggest changes Houston might need to make is moving from standing up at a 34 defense in Kansas City to playing with his hands on a lawn at Matt Eberflus’ 4-3 defense with the Colts. Houston believes his job will soon be”easier than it’s been in the past” because he doesn’t need to be worried about dropping into policy.

The Colts might be looking at a talented starting defensive lineup, with Houston and Jabaal Sheard on the edges in defensive end to Decide on Denico Autry along with Margus Hunt from the interior. Those four players together for 28.5 sacks last season.

That is a Fantastic thing considering the Colts will probably soon be confronting the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger along with Philip Rivers following year.

“I feel as they have the bits that they desire and feel as though that I will help them last to proceed in the ideal way,” Houston said. “They’re young and they still played great a year ago. That they had a fantastic team, they continued to build, and I only wanted to be part of that.”

Ballard did not set a full-court press on immediately. He showed patienceand that patience paid off, as he also signed a new person he is acquainted with — one who addresses one of his most pressing demands.


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