Cost-Benefit Analysis: Which Colts were the least-efficient uses of the cap in 2013?

Welcome to Part 2 of the 2013 Cost-Benefit Analysis, where we take all your good feelings from reading about the biggest bargains last season and drown them in a pool of despair and puppy tears. 

If you haven't read Part 1, please do, if for nothing else but to understand what all my numbers mean. Also, if you don't enjoy depressing information in a sick, sadistic kind of way, you may not want to read this post. You have been warned.

First, the honorable mention list. This contains the players who got an AV of zero this season, whether it be due to injury or simply never playing. With zero AV, they didn't actually have any production points to divide their cap hit by, and didn't actually fall on the list. However, it's worth briefly discussing: 

The "Didn't Play Enough Crowd"

Jeris Pendleton, Daniel Adongo, Tashard Choice, Chris Rainey, Corey Lynch, Weslye Saunders, Jack Doyle, Montori Hughes, Khaled Holmes

The "Season-Long Injury Crowd"

Justin Anderson, Justin Hickman, Scott Lutrus, Vick Ballard, Lawrence Sidbury, Dwayne Allen

Now, the nice thing about all the players in the above categories is that all of their cap hits were about $700k or less, making it fairly easy to swallow their lack of production. However, there is one other category of players that didn't accumulate AV. 

The "Overpaid Backup Quarterback Crowd of One"

Matt Hasselbeck

I'm sure Matt Hasselbeck is a nice guy. Actually, I know he is. Unfortunately, that doesn't make it any easier for me to swallow the fact that he is a $3.5 million dollar cap hit that gives you absolutely nothing on the field. I know there is a sect of fans who believe that a quality backup quarterback like Hasselbeck is worth the money. 

I don't, both because I don't think Hasselbeck is all that good and I don't value backup quarterback all that much anyway. Plain and simple. If you try to use Curtis Painter as an example you will get laughed at. Just so you know.

10. OL Jeff Linkenbach

2013 Cap Hit: $1,323,000

AV: 3

PFF Grade: -8.1

Production Points (PP): 0.44 

Dollars Per PP: $2,982,349.20

Linkenbach starts us off with a case of "Didn't produce much on the field, and when he did, it was generally terrible." We're going to see a lot of these on this list. The problem with a guy like Linkenbach is that the Colts could have gotten that level of production from a minimum salary kind of player. Linkenbach was bad when he was on the field. He was just a body, but he was just a body for an extra 800k.

It's just a drop in the bucket, overall, but in terms of efficiency with your dollars, well, it wasn't.


9. LB Patrick Angerer

2013 Cap Hit: $1,222,500

AV: 4

PFF Grade: -10.0

Production Points (PP): 0.39

Dollars Per PP: $2,982,349.20

Watching Angerer decline and break down over the last two years has been incredibly sad to watch. He was one of the Colts' most entertaining players to watch in 2011, but since breaking his foot in the Colts first preseason game in 2012, he's been unable to get back to that level. He's tried to play through numerous injuries, but now he's a liability more than an asset, and will likely be gone in free agency. 

Ah, what could have been, our favorite Colts-related game.


8. OG Hugh Thornton

2013 Cap Hit: $541,345

AV: 7

PFF Grade: -15.3

Production Points (PP): 0.17


Dollars Per PP: $3,204,734.69

Like Linkenbach, this mark is low because of Thornton's abysmal grade from Pro Football Focus, who really didn't like Thornton this season. I didn't either, but with Thornton you aren't paying for now, you're paying for development for the future. If you've read Ben Gundy's OL charting pieces, you know that Thornton has upside, the hope is that he finds that he can channel that upside into production. 


7. LaRon Landry

2013 Cap Hit: $5,750,000

AV: 4

PFF Grade: -2.2

Production Points (PP): 1.55

Dollars Per PP: $3,702,914.87



6. Bjoern Werner

2013 Cap Hit: $1,435,708

AV: 2

PFF Grade: –6.7

Production Points (PP): 0.39

Dollars Per PP: $3,708,885.62

Again, Werner wasn't all that expensive, but he was just so… freaking… unproductive. But, that's what you get when you draft a project player with a first-round pick. 

I'm not bitter. 


5. Greg Toler

2013 Cap Hit: $4,333,333

AV: 3

PFF Grade: -3.3

Production Points (PP): 1.01

Dollars Per PP: $4,311,034.46

Copy/paste LaRon Landry's comments here. 

Two over-paid, injury-prone secondary members. Everybody knew they were injury-prone. And what do you know? They got hurt. 


4. Donald Thomas

2013 Cap Hit: $2,750,000

AV: 1

PFF Grade: -1.2

Production Points (PP): 0.56

Dollars Per PP: $3,702,914.87

Jeez. It's like all of Ryan Grigson's free agent signings were injured, or…


3. Darrius Heyward-Bey

2013 Cap Hit: $2,500,000

AV: 3

PFF Grade: –10.2

Production Points (PP): 0.28

Dollars Per PP: $8,868,070.36

When we talk about Ryan Grigson's poor signings, Darrius Heyward-Bey always seems to get forgotten. Are we just all agreeing to pretend this year never happened? Because I can get on board with that. 


2. Samson Satele

2013 Cap Hit: $3,866,667

AV: 7

PFF Grade: -12.9

Production Points (PP): 0.34

Dollars Per PP: $11,524,027.47

Ah, yes, Captain Cut himself. I've come to accept the fact that he's going to be a Colt next year for the same price. It makes no sense at all, but it's going to happen.


1. Mike McGlynn

2013 Cap Hit: $2,575,000

AV: 8

PFF Grade: -23.4

Production Points (PP): 0.01

Dollars Per PP: $255,227,448.93

Obviously, my formula isn't perfect, and because McGlynn's grade was so bad from PFF, his production value was ridiculously low number, which throws off his number a bit. In reality, the difference between the cost-efficiency of McGlynn and Satele isn't very big. They're 1A and 1B. 

Still, for McGlynn to be as bad as he was for nearly $2.6 million dollars is a joke. It's an absolute joke. 

This was the reaction on Twitter, when I shared how much Mike McGlynn cost the Colts this season: 


You guys are the best. We can get through this together.

Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.