3 Colts that could be traded before the season starts
By Brad Marr
1. Grover Stewart could be an enticing addition for other teams
After the 2022 season, there are multiple players due for contract extensions. That includes players like Quenton Nelson, Jonathan Taylor, and Michael Pittman Jr. Making room for those contracts could mean moving on from players like Grover Stewart, a key piece to the interior defensive line of the Colts.
Stewart, who signed a $30 million extension in 2020, is due more than $20 million over the next two seasons. He is also approaching 29 years of age and could be on the bubble of playing for Indianapolis in 2022 and beyond.
In five seasons with the Colts, Stewart has started 47 games, accounting for four sacks, 97 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 20 quarterback hits, a forced fumble, and four swatted passes. As the NFL transitions to a pass-heavy league, his services as a run defender could draw stale in Indy but could be a treasure for a new team.
Indy added a promising interior defensive lineman in Curtis Brooks in the sixth round of this year’s draft and has also invested in other versatile defensive line members that could better fit alongside DeForest Buckner in new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s scheme.
Dayo Odeyingbo could also be looking for an increased role in the defense entering his first full year for the Colts after missing time for a pre-draft injury suffered last season.