Et tu, Jerry?
In a move that may upset a few local local fans who are enamored with his story, the Indianapolis Colts have traded 2013 preseason sensation Caesar Rayford to owner Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.
Rayford was a great training camp and preseason success story for the Colts. Undrafted out of Washington, he played in the CFL and the Arena Football League before getting signed by the Colts in May of this year.
During preseason, Rayford was a sack machine, earning five in four games while playing exclusively at outside linebacker.
The Rayford trade comes on the heels of the Colts acquiring outside linebacker Cam Johnson via a trade with the 49ers.
Say whatever you want about Colts general manager Ryan Grigson - and recently yours truly said Grigson's draft haul in 2013 has looked kinda sucky thus far - but the man does not rest on his laurels. Grigson seems to tirelessly work to improve his roster.
Unless we've lost count (and that's possible), #colts GM Ryan Grigson has pulled 15 trades in about 20 months. Busy, busy, busy.— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) September 3, 2013
I shudder to think of how many trades Grigson pulls with his fantasy football team. "I'll give you Foster for Aaron Rodgers, straight up!" [five minutes later, to a different person in the league] "I'll give you Rodgers for C.J. Spiller, straight-up."
Unless my math is wrong, trading Rayford opens up a spot on the active 53-man roster. This could mean a possible return of tight end Justice Cunningham to the 53, or the promotion of a practice squad member to the active roster.
With the trade of Caesar Rayford, the #Colts have now elevated Dominique Jones to active roster. Justice Cunningham now on practice squad.— Greg Rakestraw (@gregrakestraw) September 3, 2013