Defensive lineman named as player Colts should consider trading

Could the Colts shake things up on the D-line?
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The Indianapolis Colts just signed Tyquan Lewis to a two-year contract extension in March, but should the team already consider trading him? Bleacher Report seems to think so, as the publication recently listed Lewis as a player the Colts should consider moving before the start of the 2024 NFL season.

Bleacher Report basically makes the case that the Colts are extremely deep at the position, and they could potentially get some good value in return for Lewis, who is entering his seventh season in the league. Here's some of the provided rationale:

"However, the Colts re-upped Lewis before using their first pick in this year's draft on UCLA edge-rusher Laiatu Latu. The team is now either loaded or crowded at the position, depending on how you look at it. Latu. Kwity Paye. Samson Ebukam. Lewis. Dayo Odeyingbo. . . That much depth affords the Colts the luxury of shopping one of the reserve edge-rushers. And Lewis would likely net Indianapolis the best return."

Valid points were made. The Colts are deep on the D-line, and Lewis projects as a replaceable player, considering the fact that he's never started more than six games in a single season for Indianapolis. For those reasons, the Colts could consider trading Lewis. But, what would they receive in return?

Draft picks are always nice, but Lewis is a player who could contribute in 2024, and losing that for future pick(s) might not make sense for a team with playoff aspirations. So ultimately, it seems unlikely that a trade involving Lewis will actually come to fruition, but it's still fun to speculate about at this slower portion of the offseason.

The Colts haven't made the playoffs since 2020, but they'll look to build off of their 9-8 finish last season and put an end to that streak in 2024.