Colts might want the team to make a trade now, but waiting until the offseason is better.
At this point, Indianapolis Colts fans need to understand general manager Chris Ballard knows what he’s doing. If the last three years haven’t proven that, then nothing will. He’s built this team back up to contender status through shrewd decision-making and patience.
So why does anyone feel a sense of urgency for the team to make a trade before the deadline? There are so many reasons not to do that, chief among them Ballard knowing the climate of the annual event. He’s got the insider info, we don’t.
Additionally, this team is not a Super Bowl contender. While we’re no doubt enjoying 2020, every Colts fan is even more excited for 2021, when Indy will have nearly $70 million to spend in free agency.
On top of that, why pay a premium for a player (everyone seems to want a wide receiver, another pass rusher or backup offensive lineman) when you’re still not sure what an entirely healthy Colts roster looks like?
There are a ton of injuries on both sides of the ball and a lot of them are to legitimate contributors who will be key to the team’s future success. Michael Pittman Jr., Parris Campbell, Mo Alie-Cox, Chaz Green and Kemoko Turay have yet to see the field every week in 2020, and you can bet all of those guys fill one of the above needs in some capacity.
Wouldn’t you rather wait and see the potential on these guys with the new-and-improved roster rather than overpay for someone with draft picks who may not pan out and could be gone after 2020?
The Colts don’t need to pay a premium for an impact player at the moment. The offense is still coming together, the defense is playing great but has yet to complete a week featuring everyone at full strength, and the front office wants to hang on to any and all draft picks to work its magic yet again in 2021.
Indy isn’t a Super Bowl contender. Their starting QB won’t be there in 2021. There are too many injuries to overcome at the moment for the coaching staff to know what the full potential will be. Adding a short-term impact player at the moment isn’t the answer.
Perhaps they want to add a young talent they feel fits and will be under contract for years to come? That would be fine. But every other trade scenario hardly makes sense, especially since we’ve seen how Ballard gets the job done with offseason deals when the stakes and prices aren’t as high.