With the NFL offseason settling down, Bleacher Report offers a wild trade idea the Indianapolis Colts can attempt to complete this offseason.
After starting slowly, the Indianapolis Colts made a few big moves this offseason to improve the roster. Indy started by trading Rock Ya-Sin for Yannick Ngakoue to boost the pass rush and then traded for Matt Ryan for stability at quarterback. The Colts finished things up by signing Stephon Gilmore at corner.
While this was a pretty solid offseason, and Indy did improve, some feel that the Colts should make a couple of more moves. Most want Indy to sign a veteran receiver or find a way to trade for one of the young talented wideouts in the NFL, but it doesn’t seem like that will happen.
Ian Wharton from Bleacher Report also has an idea. In a recent piece naming one trade idea for every NFL team before training camp, Wharton says that Indy should offer a 2023 third-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for cornerback Marcus Peters.
Bleacher Reports says Colts should trade for Marcus Peters
Wharton admits that this trade is unlikely considering both teams’ status as AFC contenders, but goes on to show how it can make sense for both franchises.
For the Ravens, Peters is entering the final year of his contract and Baltimore has added Kyle Fuller along with a few young cornerbacks. Since the Ravens have depth, they can make Peters available and get something for a player that will likely leave in a year.
For the Colts, Wharton argues, “The current array of options across from Stephon Gilmore is a gamble,” and believes Peters is a corner that can help Indy go “all-in around Matt Ryan.”
While Peters is certainly more established than all of the corners on Indy’s roster not named Stephon Gilmore, it seems incredibly unlikely that the Colts would trade for him coming off an ACL injury with just one season remaining on his contract.
While Peters could be an enticing trade target if Indy was desperate at corner, the team doesn’t seem to be in that position. The Colts have a lot of belief that this is the season Isaiah Rodgers steps up as a starting corner, and all reports out of the offseason program seem like that will be the case.
Rodgers seems to be excelling as well as recent signing Brandon Facyson. Neither has established themselves as quality starting defensive backs yet, but this could be the year. If training camp starts and Rodgers and Facyson look less impressive or one goes down with an injury, then a trade for Peters would make more sense. Unless that happens, it seems unlikely.