With the trade deadline less than a week away, we are getting down to the wire in terms of potential trades the Colts could make to bolster their roster ahead of what they hope is a strong run to the end of the season and into the playoffs. Chris Ballard has famously said that teams are never one player away, and acting accordingly seems unlikely for him.
Despite that sentiment, it is not impossible that Ballard could make a move to improve this team as they prepare a way forward. After discussing the possibility yesterday that they might be willing to trade away CB Quincy Wilson if the price was right, let’s take a look at some potential upgrades that might make sense for the Colts to look at adding to the roster.
DE Vic Beasley
The Colts are in need of some help in the pass rush to supplement what they’re getting from Jabaal Sheard and Justin Houston. Vic Beasley could offer that as a rotational piece. Beasley has not played well in 2019, and hasn’t exactly lived up to his price tag.
That’s exactly why he might make sense to add for the Colts. He should come at a very low cost as the team looks to offload the struggling pass rusher. The Falcons want to clear up some cap space that they can roll over to 2020, and the Colts have the space in their cap to take a flier on a guy who could benefit from a change of scenery and might flourish without the pressure of being a primary pass rusher on the defense. If he doesn’t work out, he’s in a contract year and they can cut him loose. If he plays well, the Colts have a chance to re-sign him.
Compensation: 2020 7th round pick
WR Nelson Agholor
It hasn’t been a great season for Nelson Agholor. His most memorable moment might be having been name dropped with a fair degree of side-eye by a Philly native referring to catching babies that were being dropped from a burning building, “unlike Agholor.”
The reality is that Agholor has been struggling along with the Eagles’ offense in total. They’ve missed DeSean Jackson who provided the ability to stretch the field, and Agholor really isn’t suited to a WR1 role. That’s what he’s been in this offense, getting the top targets of anyone not named Zach Ertz.
Frank Reich helped Agholor along to his career best year during the Eagles’ Super Bowl season, and he could help the 26-year-old get back on track in an offense where he wouldn’t have to be the top threat. Agholor could provide another reliable weapon in the passing game. With Parris Campbell and Deon Cain struggling to make an impact, and Devin Funchess’ timetable to return still unknown, Agholor could provide a veteran presence in the locker room and give Frank Reich a player he knows and has rapport with.
Compensation: 2020 6th round pick
WR Robby Anderson
Another option the Colts could pursue for help in the wide receiver room is Robby Anderson. The Colts and Jets have a long history of trades, and it sounds as though Anderson is not part of the Jets’ long term plans. At 6’3” 190lbs and just 26-years-old, Anderson could fill out a receiver room that is still missing consistent playmakers. He has had solid and consistent production despite playing in a less than ideal setting. Pairing him with Frank Reich and this Colts offense as a potential WR3 could be advantageous for both parties.
Compensation: Quincy Wilson
What trade (if any) would you like to see the Colts make?