Colts fans are going all out in quarterback recruitment
Indianapolis Colts fans are doing their part in trying to recruit quarterbacks to Indianapolis with some big gestures.
Following the Indianapolis Colts season, there has been a lot of uncertainty around who will start next season at quarterback. Immediately after Week 18, the Colts front office didn’t offer strong endorsements for Carson Wentz.
Things have gotten even more unclear following a report by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, where he said he believes Wentz will be released or traded by March 19.
Naturally, the next question is, who will be Wentz’s replacement. A big part of Indy’s situation is that there aren’t many definitive upgrades available.
Two big-name quarterbacks may hit the market, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson. Indianapolis will have to join the line of interested teams if they become available.
However, Indy has something that other teams don’t: a passionate fan base that has been doing some major recruiting with a grand gesture.
Colts fan recruits Aaron Rodgers via billboard
The advertisement kept it simple saying, “#IndyWantsRodgers”, along with Rodgers’s name and number on a Colts home jersey.
There’s no telling if Rodgers has any travel plans to Indianapolis anytime soon, but this billboard may catch the eyes of Frank Reich, Chris Ballard, and Jim Irsay.
The billboard was paid for by attorney, Joe Wade, and in an interview with Indy’s Fox 59, Wade explained his inspiration for the billboard:
"I think Aaron probably puts us in a position where we could probably win the Super Bowl…He’s probably got three or four years left and I would hope those three or four years he could come to Indy and get us to where we want to be."
Joe Wade is right. Rodgers is entering the home stretch of his career, but he’s still playing at an elite level, winning the last two MVP awards.
Replacing Wentz with Aaron Rodgers would certainly give the Colts better Super Bowl odds. However, even with the billboard, it’s going to take a lot more to get Rodgers to Indy.
For starters, Rodgers has to declare that he wants to keep playing football and that he wants to do it outside of Green Bay. If that happens, Indianapolis will need to prove to Rodgers that it is the best fit for him moving forward.
Everyone will have to watch things unfold as the offseason progresses, but thanks to the billboard, it’s clear there are fans in Indy that want Rodgers.