Trade No 1: The Colts get Taylor Moton from the Panthers
Moton is one of the most prized free agents on the market, as he was one of the brightest spots on a Carolina offense that managed to be somewhat exciting despite minimal Christian McCaffrey and Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback. Moton could cash in as a free agent, but the Panthers could easily slap him with the franchise tag.
The tag irritates stars to no end, as it limits their ability to get big free agent contracts. While a sign-and-trade in the NFL is rare, it can happen if Carolina doesn’t want to pay Moton. Why not hit him with the tag and then trade him to Indianapolis, who needs a tackle as good as Moton to replace Castonzo?
Why would the Colts do this trade?
Even though Moton will need to switch sides, he was dominant in both run and pass blocking, which should work well in Frank Reich’s balanced offense. Considering how Laremy Tunsil went for two firsts and two players, one first-round pick and two Day 3 selections is a solid haul for the former Western Michigan stud.
Moton would be a very expensive Band-Aid that the Colts would apply to their Castonzo-sized wound, but the odds of them drafting a player at No. 21 that can play as well as Moton in 2021 are infinitesimal. The Colts could contend for a title this year, and taking the plunge with Moton could help them immensely.