The 2023 NFL trade deadline of Tuesday, October 31, is quickly approaching. The 3-4 Indianapolis Cots are in an interesting spot. They’re promising enough to be buyers, and there are definitely some players Indy could acquire, but the Colts also have the makings to be sellers. If Indy does decide to be sellers at the deadline, here’s a look at the names that could be on their way out of Indy.
3 veteran players Colts could trade at deadline
RB Zach Moss
The team’s undisputed first quarter MVP could be someone the Colts look to move before the deadline. With Jonathan Taylor signing his new contract, Zack Moss is out of the starting lineup and back to his supporting role. This is a perfect time to try to get teams to sell high on Zack Moss and not lose him to free agency for nothing this offseason. Even with Evan Hull out for the season, Trey Sermon could handle the backup duties for the rest of the season and the Colts can decide if they need to draft a new RB in April or not.
Potential trade partners: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers
CB Kenny Moore II
Another role player in a contract year. Kenny Moore II has been satisfactory this season and he will likely want to be paid as a top Nickel Corner in the league. With the Colts looking to stack the cupboard for Richardson, Moore might a player that could be an odd man out. Moore also asked for a new contract two years ago (with two years left) and that request was not reciprocated by the Colts. This is a position Indy may look to fill in next April’s draft.
Potential trade partners: Kansas City Chiefs
Safety Julian Blackmon
Yet another player on Indy’s defense in a contract year. The Colts drafted Nick Cross in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft and would seem to be the replacement here if Indy moved on from Julian Blackmon. They will also get rookie Daniel Scott back in 2024 from the season-ending knee injury he suffered in training camp. Blackmon has had a good year so far this season but we have young depth here that will finally need to be used. Look at a team like Philadelphia or Detroit who have had some secondary injuries to potentially inquire about his availability.
Potential trade partners: Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions