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Report: Colts, Running Back Marlon Mack Agree To Seek Trade

The Colts and running back Marlon Mack are working on seeking a trade.

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The Indianapolis Colts and running back Marlon Mack have “mutually agreed to seek a trade,” according to Tom Pelissero, an NFL Network Reporter.

Pelissero also added that “Nothing is imminent on a Marlon Mack trade.”

Mack agreed to a 1-year contract extension back in March, but it’s become clear that team likes what they have in second-year back Johnathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines, who just received a 3-year contract extension back on September 10.

The 4th-year back is coming off an Achilles tear which ended his season in Week 1 of last year, and he hasn’t seen much action through the first three weeks of the 2021 season. Additionally, Mack was a healthy scratch during last Sunday’s game against Tennessee, so these reports now make more sense.

It would make sense for both Mack and the Colts to look for a destination where the running back would have an opportunity to become another team’s No. 1 back.

Multiple teams around the league, including the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots, have injuries to starting running backs, so Mack could be highly sought after.

A 4th-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Mack quickly became the Colts’ No. 1 running back and saw quite a bit of success as both a pure runner and pass-catching back behind one of the NFL’s best offensive lines.

The former South Florida back came in as a rookie, rushed for 358 yards and scored three touchdowns. Mack then followed his rookie season with two, back-to-back 900-yard rushing seasons, finding the end zone a total of 31 times both on the ground and through the air.

Given Mack’s success as a starter in Indy, it makes sense that he’s now an ideal trade candidate for running back-needy teams.

His teammates and coaches have all spoken highly of him since he was drafted, and now Mack will have an opportunity to seek a team where he could likely become a starting running back again.