Colts: 3 trades Indy can make before deadline to further playoff push
2. Trade for Cameron Fleming
The Colts can’t always depend on their stout offensive line to remain healthy.
It’s understandable why the Colts haven’t prioritized having a surplus of depth on their offensive line, as their starting five has been as dominant and durable as any unit in the NFL in recent seasons. However, as evidenced by Anthony Castonzo (rib) being sidelined in Week 5, that run of luck is going to flame out at some point.
Offensive linemen have been going down with injuries like flies thus far this season, so Indy should seriously look to acquire more depth at the deadline. As we know, the easiest targets usually have expiring contracts and play for bad teams that are looking to stockpile draft picks.
Fortunately for the Colts, Giants OT Cameron Fleming checks both of those boxes. The Giants offensive line hasn’t performed great as a collective group this season, but Fleming has been a pleasant surprise, receiving a respectable 63.8 grade from Pro Football Focus through four games.
It won’t be easy for fans in Indianapolis to stomach forfeiting a mid-round draft pick in exchange for a player who wouldn’t even start, but acquiring Fleming (and his versatility) as insurance to the aging Castonzo and the rest of the o-line could potentially prove to be a season-saving move.