In a last-minute deal, the Indianapolis Colts trade versatile running back Nyheim Hines to the Buffalo Bills at the NFL trade deadline.
As the NFL trade deadline arrived on Tuesday, November 1, at 4:00 pm, the Indianapolis Colts finalized a last-minute deal to send Nyheim Hines to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for running back Zack Moss and a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2023 Draft. In the days leading up to the trade deadline, it became clear that Indy was moving on from Hines, and although it took up to the very last minute, the team did just that.
This season was supposed to be the year that Nyheim Hines broke out with the Colts. All offseason, head coach Frank Reich talked about how explosive and versatile Hines is and how Indianapolis is committed to getting him even more involved as a weapon. This plan involved Hines splitting his time at running back and slot receiver since he catches so well out of the backfield. However, Hines’ involvement wasn’t nearly what anyone expected as everything started to fall apart for the Colts in Week 1.
Playing in seven games for Indy this season, Hines carried the ball 18 times for 36 yards and one touchdown and caught 25 passes for 188 yards. He was drafted by the Colts in the fourth round of the 2018 draft and played 72 games for Indy in his first four and a half seasons. His Indianapolis career ends with 300 carries for 1,205 yards and 10 touchdowns, along with 235 receptions for 1,725 yards and seven touchdowns. Hines also returned two punts for touchdowns as a rookie.
Colts and Bills exchange Nyheim Hines and Zack Moss
Though many fans believe Hines never reached his full potential with Indianapolis, he did provide Indy with many exciting moments with his versatile skillset and elite tumbling. He’ll now take that versatility to the Buffalo Bills, a team that’s arguably the best team in the NFL but also a team that’s been looking for consistent running back play. Hines will be able to provide the Bills that and Buffalo will provide Nyheim with a solid, defined role.
In order to acquire Hines, the Bills had to send the Colts a conditional sixth-round pick and Zack Moss. Moss was drafted by Buffalo in 2020 and has been the team’s RB2 for the last two seasons and a half. He has 225 carries in his career for 917 yards and eight touchdowns. He also has 44 receptions for 319 yards and two additional touchdowns.
Moss now joins a crowded running back room that is led by Jonathan Taylor and also has Deon Jackson and Phillip Lindsay, two backs that have been able to step up when their numbers were called.