August 19, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Indianapolis Colts owner James Irsay on the field prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
So, all day long, Colts owner Jim Irsay has been screwing with us. Earlier this morning, he sent out this little bit of news via his Twitter handle:
TRADE WINDS BLOWING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) August 23, 2012
We're fairly certain that this tweet wasn't a song lyric, which was what Irsay usually spams his Twitter audience with. We did some looking into, and a reliable source with knowledge of the Colts front office told us that Ryan Grigson is actively looking to trade for an offensive lineman.
I know. Not a very sexy move, but given that Mike McGlynn has a high ankle sprain, and that the offensive line protects the guy the Colts spent their No. 1 overall draft selection on this year (Andrew Luck), it makes sense to make a move to sure up things.
Eight hours after Irsay's "trade winds" tweet, nothing.
No team announcements. No Twitter rumors. No "a source tells me" info from people like Jay Glazer or Mike Florio. Nothing.
Then, not to long ago, our team's nutball owner sent this out:
SERIOUS TRADE WINDS Swirling! We're talking given up high pick for SERIOUS Vet/Starter!.. these deals often crumble n don't reach completion— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) August 23, 2012
This has me thinking that Grigson is looking for more than just an offensive lineman.
Here's Irsay's follow-up tweet:
Colts Fans..Your GM Mr Grigson isn't afraid to roll the dice n aggressively improve YOUR Indianapolis Colts..n my check book stands ready!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) August 23, 2012
Unless the Colts are trading for Jake Long (highly unlikely considering Anthony Castonzo is a pretty damn good left tackle, and a first round pick himself), these two most recent tweets suggest the Colts are trading for a skill position player.
We've heard whispers of Dolphins corner Vontae Davis, but I don't think they are credible. Everyone and their mother thinks Irsay's tweets mean Maurice Jones-Drew, but that doesn't make sense either. One, why would the Jaguars trade MJD within the division? Two, why would the Colts want him? Their runningback stable looks pretty good right now. Three, per CBS' Jason La Confara, the Jaguars are digging in and are not making any trades involving Jones-Drew.
The other possibility is Steelers wideout Mike Wallace. He is expected to sign his one-year tender with the Steelers after their third preseason game. Pittsburgh G.M. Kevin Colbert stated earlier this month that Wallace was not available for a trade, but that was before Wallace was reported to show up and sign his tender.
And, as Mike Florio astutely noted, if
Irsay is indeed breaking out his checkbook, then it's likely for a player who wants a new deal. Wallace fits that bill.
It's also possible that nothing at all could happen. Again, per Irsay:
9 times out of 10 these deals fizzle out like a faulty Roman Candle;any other info at this time is proprietary,must move behind the curtain!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) August 23, 2012
As always, we will keep digging.