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Colts taking different approach to free agency

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 21, 2013 at 9:04 pm •  Published: February 21, 2013

"There's no doubt with Chuck being ill, it galvanized our team and it really brought us together," Grigson said. "We look for the same type of guys this year that we looked for last year. Guys who play snap to whistle, guys that buy into the philosophy, Chuck's philosophy, and that's play hard and physical. Get in your book, do the right thing. All those types of things that make you great, that's what we're going to continue to do."

This year, the Colts' top free agents are offensive linemen Joe Reitz and Seth Olsen, cornerback Jerraud Powers and punter Pat McAfee. Grigson said the Colts have started the process of identifying the players they want to keep.

"I won't include any names, but we've reached out to our guys on our team that we'd like to re-sign," he said. "I've sat down with players that I wanted to explain situations to them because I feel like I try to put as many cards on the table as I can, to be as upfront as I can so everyone kind of gets a glimpse of what direction I'm headed. We're still going through a process. There's college and pro players that we're delving into daily."

This offseason hasn't been entirely easy for Grigson. He said the reason Indianapolis chose not to re-sign the 33-year-old Dwight Freeney or oft-injured receiver Austin Collie is because they didn't fit into Indy's future plans. The Colts now will seek young players to fit into a culture that is firmly in place.

"I feel like we've laid as strong a foundation as possible because of what Chuck implemented from day one, and then it was implemented over the entire season, even when he wasn't here," Grigson said. "I think we're at a good place as far as our philosophy being intact going into next season."