Wild Quenton Nelson trade scenarios are being floated

Quenton Nelson #56 of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Quenton Nelson #56 of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

The start of the NFL offseason has brought wild trade scenarios for one of the Indianapolis Colts’ best players, Quenton Nelson.

The Indianapolis Colts are in an intriguing position as a team. They missed the playoffs this past season but they are only a couple of pieces away from being real Super Bowl contenders.

Indy’s front office made it seem like the Colts will do what’s necessary to acquire those pieces. Because of that, everyone figured Indianapolis would make some aggressive moves to land some key players.

What everyone didn’t assume is that one of the Colts’ most impactful players may be on the move as part of those acquisitions— that’s what’s being floated around at least.

In recent days, perennial All-Pro guard, Quenton Nelson, has been included in trade scenarios by fans and media. As expected, the idea of moving Nelson didn’t go over well.

Colts fans don’t like Quenton Nelson trade scenarios

In addition to this tweet, Bleacher Report also drew up a scenario where Indianapolis ships Nelson to the New York Giants. In fairness, the Bleacher Report article was titled, “Absurd NFL Trade Offers for NFL’s Most Untouchable Stars in 2022.

The offer they presented was Nelson to New York and the Colts receiving “this year’s fifth overall pick and a future first-rounder with a couple of later-round picks thrown into the mix.”

The explained rationale of why Indy would move this generational player was: it would land the Colts a top pick, where they could possibly draft the quarterback of the future, and also, Indy wouldn’t have to commit to the large contract extension that is coming Nelson’s way.

Nelson is heading into the last year of his rookie contract and has merited a deal that should make him the highest-paid guard of all time. Also, the Colts are seeking an upgrade at the quarterback position.

However, Russell Wilson, a quarterback in the draft, nor a large contact, should be enough for Indianapolis to voluntarily move Nelson. While Indy does need to get better, it shouldn’t be at the expense of one of its best players.

If a team is going to trade its best player, it has to be a deal reminiscent of the famous Herschel Walker Trade. In 1989, the Dallas Cowboys traded their best player, Walker, to the Minnesota Vikings in a three-team trade.

What Dallas got in return would ultimately lead to the dynasty the Cowboys created, winning three Super Bowls in the 90s.

If Quenton Nelson is going to be traded away, Indy has to receive something that will make them Super Bowl favorites. That’s unlikely, so let’s leave Nelson out of the trade scenarios.