According to SI.com’s Albert Breer, Indianapolis Colts pass rushers Kemoko Turay and Ben Banogu have also been mentioned in trade talks—along with recently made available former 1,000 yard rusher Marlon Mack:
“For a team in the running, the Colts have a few players whose names have been bandied about,” Breer writes. “Marlon Mack’s has been out there for weeks, after he asked for a trade earlier in the season. I’ve heard former second-round pass rushers Kemoko Turay and Ben Banogu have been discussed as well.”
So far, the Colts haven’t gotten much from the pair of former 2nd round pick pass rushers, who’ve combined together for 2.0 sacks (all from Turay) during the initial 2021 campaign. Early career injuries have limited Turay’s once early promise, while it hasn’t really clicked at all yet for Banogu at the professional level.
Perhaps a change of scenery out of Indianapolis could do either young player some good.
The Colts may also be looking to clear a defensive line spot on the 53-man active roster for the eventual activation of this year’s second round pick, Dayo Odeyingbo, who’s recently begun practicing with the team—coming off a torn Achilles he suffered last year collegiately.
While Isaac Rochell and Khalil Davis are two other defensive lineman a little lower on the depth chart who could also be ousted, it would make sense if the Colts wanted to move on from at least one of their underperforming young speed rushers—for the imminent arrival of Dayo.
That being said, it’s hard to imagine that the compensation back would be anything more than a late round draft pick—for either Turay or Banogu. However, if the Colts are facing a roster crunch along the defensive line, getting something back is better than nothing at all.