3 worst trades in Indianapolis Colts history
By Jerry Trotta
2. Fredd Young for two first-rounders
Way back in 1989, the Colts, fresh off a 9-7 season, were looking to add a foundational piece to the middle of their defense. After much deliberation, they identified their guy in the form of Seahawks linebacker Fredd Young.
A Pro Bowler in each of his first four seasons with Seattle — twice as a linebacker and twice as a special teams ace — the Seahawks weren’t gonna let Young leave without demanding a haul in return.
When the dust settled, the Colts unloaded two (!) first-round picks for Young, who didn’t quite meet expectations. In three years (41 games), he managed just two sacks and interceptions apiece after logging 15 sacks over the previous two seasons for Seattle. He retired after 1990 due to an arthritic hip.
Those first-round selections, meanwhile, turned into Notre Dame offensive tackle Andy Heck, who went on to enjoy a 12-year career for Seattle, Chicago and Washington at the LT position. Putting aside his rookie year and final season, Heck started an impressive 153 of a possible 160 games.
The other pick eventually became defensive tackle Ray Agnew. Like Heck, Agnew enjoyed a lengthy career (12 years) with multiple different teams, including the Patriots, Giants and then-St. Louis Rams. For his career, Agnew accumulated 451 tackles (nine for loss), 22.5 sacks, and five fumble recoveries.
Suffice to say the Colts wish they could have this one back.