Yesterday, the MMQB's Peter King suggested that the Indianapolis Colts should send their first and fourth round picks in this year's draft for Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson in a trade. It turns out, however, that King wasn't the first one to suggest a notable Colts trade for the team to make this offseason.
A few days ago, some NFL.com writers put together a list of trades they'd like to see happen, and Marc Sessler said that the Colts should trade their 2017 second round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for running back Jamaal Charles.
Jamaal Charles is a special player and widely beloved in Kansas City. From another angle, the Pro Bowl runner turns 30 in December with two major knee surgeries under his belt. The Colts, meanwhile, can't afford to view Frank Gore -- soon to be 33 -- as the answer heading into next season.
With a healthy Andrew Luck returning, the Super Bowl window remains open in Indy. Charles would give the Colts a legitimate presence on the ground at an affordable $5.75 million for 2016. Kansas City won't part with their star back for cheap, but the Chiefs thrived with Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware carrying the load last season. After signing both to matching contract extensions on Thursday, getting value for Charles -- a second-rounder in 2017 -- would give Kansas City true fire power heading into next year's draft.
Sessler's suggestion doesn't seem as crazy as King's does, particularly because the price is much lower. Jamaal Charles is one of the NFL's best running backs when healthy, and he in fact has the highest career yards per carry of any running back in NFL history (5.5 yards per attempt). In eight seasons with the Chiefs, he has rushed for 7,220 yards and 42 touchdowns, while he has also added 283 receptions for 2,443 yards and 20 touchdowns. In total, then, Charles has accounted for 9,663 total yards and 62 total touchdowns in 100 games played (69 starts). The problem, however, is that Charles has suffered two torn ACLs in his career (2011 and then last year in 2015) and will turn 30 years old before the 2016 season is over.
The Colts could really be helped by the addition of a healthy Jamaal Charles, as a backfield of Frank Gore and Jamaal Charles would give the Colts a legitimate threat and would help Andrew Luck, the passing game, and the offense as a whole. Furthermore, the idea would be that the Colts could move on from Gore after the 2016 season and then transition to Charles as the starter. By that time, though, the Colts would need to already be thinking about the replacement for Charles. Running back is certainly a need for the Colts, but what they really need is a younger developmental guy to play behind Frank Gore. That doesn't mean that Jamaal Charles wouldn't be a big help or that a second round pick wouldn't be an intriguing potential deal, but it's also not one that would be a no-brainer for either side. As with all of these proposed trades, we know that they almost certainly won't be happening, but they're still fun to discuss. What do you think of this proposed trade?