As presently constructed, it goes without saying that the Colts’ roster will already put Wentz in a favorable spot.
They boast a world-beater of an offensive line, a lethal rushing attack that only figures to improve as Jonathan Taylor becomes more adept to exploiting holes, and a defense that can become a championship-caliber unit with a few more additions.
Those are pieces that will ultimately prove to fast-track Wentz’s transition.
However, if there’s one component of the offense that can stand to be upgraded, it’s the wide receiver position, which could lose TY Hilton to free agency if an agreement with the Colts can’t be reached.
Luckily for the Colts, this year’s free agent receiver class is the deepest in recent memory, so there will be no shortage of options to choose from.
If we had a say in the matter, our top choice for Indy would be Allen Robinson, so let’s delve into what sort of contract he could end up commanding.
What could a Colts contract for Allen Robinson look like?
If the Colts plan on aggressively pursuing Robinson in free agency, let’s just say they should mentally prepare for their financial leeway to take a drastic hit.
While he might not garner the same national recognition as some of the league’s top wideouts, he absolutely deserves that level of fame after posting elite numbers with a woeful quarterback situation in Chicago.
Injuries plagued Robinson’s first season with the Bears, but he rebounded tremendously over the last two campaigns, recording 200 receptions for 2,397 yards and 13 touchdowns. As evidenced in the tweet above, the former second-round pick is always among the league leaders in contested catches and fewest drops, flaunting the second-lowest drop rate (2.2%) since 2017.
With these numbers in mind, Robinson is going to fall in a price range that is guaranteed to make the Colts blush a little. We know some fans are against splurging on a wide receiver, but it’s worth noting that Indy has the requisite cap space to spend big on one position while still being able to properly round out the roster as they see fit.
Who’s to say it shouldn’t be spent on a wideout if he’s THIS good?
Spotrac’s latest free agent projections have Robinson inking a five-year, $100 million contract this offseason, albeit with teams who aren’t expected to contend anytime soon.
That’s obviously out of the Colts’ price range. However, if we were to assume that the prospect of competing for a championship would resonate with the 27-year-old star, perhaps he would take less money to sign with Indianapolis. Even then, we’d still probably be looking at something along the lines of four years for $80 million.
Banking $20 million per year would slot Robinson into the top five of the league’s highest-paid receivers, which he should be absolutely fine with all things considered. This would be a steep price to pay for the Colts, but given that he would change the entire complexion of their offense, the seven-year pro would be worth every penny.