REPORT: Phillip Dorsett on the Trading Block
Phillip Dorsett finds himself on the roster bubble this offseason, and the Colts might try to get something back for him.
We’ve highlighted the competition for the third spot on the Colts’ wide receiver depth chart as one of the most important training camp position battles.
Chester Rogers, Kamar Aiken, and Phillip Dorsett have been fighting for that spot during camp, and Rogers has reportedly taken the lead thus far in the preseason.
Phillip Dorsett was a first round pick in 2015 during the Ryan Grigson era.
Dorsett’s incredible speed gives him the potential to be a great player, and he did take a big leap in production from year one to year two.
However, he hasn’t played up to his first round status over his first two seasons with only 753 career receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, and there is an entirely new front office in Indianapolis that doesn’t feel tied to him as a former first round pick.
The Ringer’s Mike Lombardi, a former NFL general manager, appeared on The Rich Eisen Show this week and reported that Dorsett is being shopped around in possible trades.
"“He’s available in trade,” Lombardi said. “You can have him if you want him.”"
There are still a few wide receiver-needy teams around the NFL heading into the regular season (49ers, Bills, Ravens, Chiefs, etc.) who could be in the market for a 24-year-old wide receiver who ran a 4.33 40-yard-dash coming out of college.
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Dorsett definitely still has some value, which explains why the Colts would rather trade him than cut him.
General manager Chris Ballard can’t expect to get much more than a late-round draft pick for Dorsett, but it would be better than releasing him at the end of camp and being stuck with his $3.62 million of dead cap money.