Colts: Indy should start looking for Jack Doyle trade partners

There should be takers for Colts tight end Jack Doyle.

The emergence of Mo Alie-Cox can no longer be ignored. It’s being shoved into the face of every Indianapolis Colts fan, and they have no reason to to love what they’re seeing. The former VCU basketball star is both a force in the blocking and passing game and provides Philip Rivers with an Antonio Gates-like target.

Alie-Cox was able to seize the opportunity with the injuries to Jack Doyle and Trey Burton, and even though Burton has yet to play for the team, it’s clear he probably won’t be more impactful than the 27-year-old.

However, Burton is only under a one-year deal, so he’s likely stuck with the Colts for all of 2020. On the other hand, Doyle, who is still a good tight end but just simply hasn’t been very impactful with the team even since Andrew Luck left, is signed through 2022.

Perhaps it’s time general manager Chris Ballard picks up the phone and starts getting other teams on the horn to explore potential deals. There are plenty of other quarterbacks across the league (the Patriots being prime suspect No. 1) that need a starting tight end, which is a service Doyle can provide. He’s just falling out of favor and there’s no reason for the Colts to pay him nearly $10 million total in 2021 and 2022. That’s a good price for other teams to pay, though.

Also, after signing Burton, Indy was optimistic he’d be a seamless fit for the offense and actually went as far to suggest he was going to be a focal point for coordinator Nick Siranni. It’s not like the Colts will be lost if they move Doyle, especially if expectations are still relatively similar regarding Burton.

Such a trade would increase the team’s cap space for the offseason and perhaps help them add draft capital in 2021.

Doyle’s value at the moment is likely low since he’s dealt with injuries for much of the start to 2020, so perhaps it’d be a good idea for the Colts to give him some looks in the offense and help increase his stock before making any calls ahead of the deadline.

If not, Doyle’s solid body of work speaks for itself and can either fetch the Colts a draft pick in the later rounds in addition to freeing them of his salary. This feels like a win-win as long as Alie-Cox can stay healthy.