With the NFL trade deadline approaching, what questions do the Indianapolis Colts have that they could address with a trade?
The Indianapolis Colts have turned their season around and are entering Week 7 at 3-2-1 and on a two-game win streak with a chance to take sole possession of the top spot in the AFC South on Sunday. A few weeks ago, some might have predicted that the Colts would be sellers at the trade deadline. However, with the November 1 deadline approaching, Indy is in the position to be buyers, as it can add value pieces to help make a run this season towards a Super Bowl.
What direction should the Colts explore though with possible acquisitions? There are several trade candidates on both sides of the ball throughout the league so who should Indy target? Well, that all depends on the current problems that Indianapolis is facing. Any move made should be to address Indy’s biggest problems currently.
In a recent Bleacher Report article, David Kenyon argued that the biggest question haunting the Colts as the deadline approaches is “how much can the offense improve?” With that being the primary concern in Indianapolis, Indy needs to make an offensive acquisition at the deadline.
Colts need to add offense at the trade deadline
Kenyon highlighted how Indianapolis had the league’s worst offense through the first five weeks but did admit that Indy may still be able to win a mediocre AFC South, even with a bad offense. However, Kenyon argued that if the Colts want to make real noise in the postseason and actually contend for a Super Bowl, the offense has to improve.
Some of that improvement can be handled internally by just cleaning up some problem areas, but some solutions are outside of the building. As far as trades are concerned, the only positions Indy should be looking at are offensive line and wide receiver, with the o-line taking priority. It never hurts to add more weapons but the young pass-catchers have been stepping up for Indianapolis, making the receiver area not as dire as the offensive line.
The Colts have tried about every possible combination with the offensive linemen on the roster, and no matter which five are on the field, there always seems to be a weak link. At that point, the only way to address the problem is by bringing someone in. So, if Indianapolis is going to be active at the trade deadline, it should be for an offensive lineman.