While the Indianapolis Colts started off the offseason with a bang by trading for former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, they haven’t done much in terms of adding since then, despite the fact they entered this offseason with a war chest of money to spend.
That hesitation has cost them a chance at Will Fuller.
A former rival who spent his entire career up until this point with the Houston Texans, Fuller’s rise from speedster to No. 1 receiver with the Texans last season was one of the few bright spots in a dreadful season for the 4-12 club.
While Fuller will be suspended for the first game of the season in 2021, the fact that he was just shy of 1,000 yards despite the suspension proves what an elite talent he is.
He could’ve been a perfect signing for the Colts, but he’s heading somewhere just a tad bit warmer.
Rather than fork over a bag and get Wentz a new No. 1 wide receiver, Indianapolis let Fuller slip through their hands, as he instead chose to sign a one-year contract with Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins.
The Colts need a speedster like Will Fuller. They passed.
The Colts could potentially lose Zach Pascal and TY Hilton as free agents this offseason, which makes Wentz’s group of receivers in Indianapolis just as unknown and inconsistent as the group he was working with in Philadelphia.
Michael Pittman Jr. looks like a potential star in the making, but he is a possession receiver who is known for his size and leaping ability more than his speed. Fuller would’ve been the yin to Pittman’s yang, an experienced vertical threat to complement the physical, spry receiver on the other side in Pittman.
Instead, Ballard, with a budget that would allow him to eat at Ruth’s Chris this offseason, is going to the proverbial Burger King to give Wentz some receiver help. Considering how “improved” offensive personnel around Wentz is one of the main reasons the Colts are selling fans on a resurgence, why haven’t they added anyone else to accentuate that group?
Wentz was throwing to a bunch of future quality control coaches in Philadelphia, and the Colts are letting every opportunity to get him reinforcements this offseason pass them by. If Fuller balls out in Miami, Ballard’s reluctance to spend big money on the open market for the second season in a row is only going to make him look worse.