I wanted to post this recent article by Peter King discussing the effects of moving the trade deadline back a couple of weeks. It's a pretty interesting, but long, read. But the most interesting part is the situation involving the Colts and Kyle Orton last season. Actually, it's quite shocking.
According the Bill Polian, if the trade deadline had been moved last season from week 6 to week 8 like it is being proposed this year, he would have tried to trade for Kyle Orton. He says he would have given up a 3rd round pick to make the deal for Orton. He was willing to do this even though the Broncos were reportedly only asking for a 4th round pick prior to the season. Orton was eventually released and picked up on waivers by the Chiefs.
Could you imagine if Polian had given up this year's 3rd round pick, an incredibly valuable pick, for Kyle Orton? At the time of this hypothetical deal, the Colts record was 0-7 and the season was lost. Also, acquiring Orton would have likely helped the Colts win a couple of more games, causing them to lose their draft position and thus lose out on Luck. According to King, this result would have also meant that Manning would still be a Colt, but I am not so sure.
Either way, I am glad that Polian didn't have the chance. I have never bashed him on here, but after reading this, I am glad he is gone. This move was likely his last chance to save his job, and he would have done so at the expense of the future of our beloved Colts franchise.
None of this really matters because Polian is the past and the Colts are looking toward the future, a future that I am very excited about. I just thought it was an interesting read for the down time during the NFL offseason. I also think it's interesting to see what effects moving the trade deadline back will have this year. I think teams might be more willing to deal certain players later in the season because they will have a more definitive idea of whether the season is lost or not. For the Colts, that could mean Dwight Freeney or possibly some other veteran.