The NFL trade deadline has come and gone, teams around the league have made moves to either bolster their roster or gather picks for the future. The Colts didn’t do too much.
This time of the year always sheds light on the thought process of organizations, whether it be a team ‘tanking’ dealing all of their pieces looking for draft equity with the example being the Dolphins. Then there are the sad teams that trade their future for players to win now the prime example being the Colts division rival Houston Texans. After an active trading landscape throughout this 2019 season, the Colts decided to stay pat not trade away their draft stock and are happy with the structure of their 53-man roster.
Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard has preached since his arrival that he will rebuild this team through the draft, acquiring equity and pushing a youth movement, recreating the culture in the locker room as well as the city.
Ballard has not faltered off of this path that he has made for the organization, year after year stockpiling in draft picks. Ballard has juiced the Colts rebuild, in a fashion that has never been seen before with his incredible success with finding young talent in the draft.
The silent trade deadline came as no surprise to those close to the organization, but to mainstream sports media has been viewed as a mistake. Some expressing that the Colts should have pushed in the deadline for more talent to help the team have a better chance to compete for a championship this year, stating that the team has an abundance of draft capital and should ship it off to upgrade the top of the roster.
Yet, the Colts hold steady Ballard staying true to his process believing in the talent already present in the locker room, and holding on to future draft picks. In the modern NFL that lacks organizational loyalty and rushes rebuilds that always seem to crumble, the Indianapolis Colts do things the right way and everyone can see it coming, a Colts dynasty is surely upon us.