Colts owner Jim Irsay was chatty on twitter this week. When he wasn't suggesting that his coaching staff under-performed in the Raiders game, he's was telling everyone in the known world (that follows him on Twitter) that the Colts will look to trade for a running back now that second-year starter Vick Ballard is done for the year with an ACL injury.
We're all hurting for Vick BaL..Bradshaw,Brown and others must step up...Grig's gonna work hard to wheel n deal B4 trade deadline,let's roll— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) September 13, 2013
Thanks to Brian McIntyre, we know that the Colts have $3.197 million in cap space right now. Thus, if the Colts are going to "wheel n deal" to find another running back, they'll have to get one on the cheap. Most likely, a trading partner is going to want draft pick compensation for a back, meaning the Colts will likely have to take on salary while not giving up much salary on their end.
Some backs that might be of interest to the Colts - and I stress might because I'm just throwing darts here - are Vikings back Toby Gerhart, Cardinals back Stepfan Taylor, or Chargers back Ronnie Brown. Garhart and Taylor both went to Stanford and have familiarity with the offense that coordinator Pep Hamilton runs in Indianapolis. Ronnie Brown is a veteran, and was once signed by the Eagles as a free agent back in 2011 when Ryan Grigson was the player personnel manager there.