The fanbase of the Indianapolis Colts has been clamoring for a dynamic wide receiver all offseason.
Yet, at nearly every turn the Chris Ballard regime has chosen to stand pat rather than spend money on one in free agency or acquire one via trade.
Those decisions have left the Colts with only one path to find an upgrade at wideout; the NFL Draft.
That is…it left them only one path until this afternoon when reports spread that San Francisco 49ers star Deebo Samuel asked for a trade.
Breaking News: I just spoke to wide receiver Deebo Samuel — and he told me that he has asked the 49ers to trade him.
He did not want to discuss specific reasons behind his request, but he has indeed let the 49ers know his desire to leave the organization. More to come.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) April 20, 2022
Just like that, another opportunity to obtain an elite wide receiver is on the board.
— Evan Massey (@massey_evan) April 20, 2022
The question is will the Colts actually try and trade for the All-Pro?
It’s in contrast with everything Chris Ballard has said and done during his tenure as general manager of the Colts.
If they had a 1st round pick to spare this year it might be a different story.
As it stands, the idea of giving away more future first rounders for a player you’ll have to give the bag to as soon as he arrives would be tough for this group to stomach.
Plus, the addition of Samuel AT BEST bumps the Colts to clear AFC South favorites. This move doesn’t suddenly make them a Super Bowl contender.
*cover your eyes, Indy*https://t.co/ucwHFxKdUB:
— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) April 20, 2022
Becoming a championship contender again takes time and having that much money tied to a non-QB when WRs are becoming less and less of a premium every year is against the perceived values of these Colts.
That’s not even considering the fact that (assuming they keep him) they are about to back the Brinks truck up for Quenton Nelson.
Colts fans must hope that Chris Ballard and company find their own Deebo Samuel in next week’s NFL Draft, who will play on a sweet sweet rookie contract.
For more on this discussion and a look at objectives for the Colts in the NFL Draft, check out Dan’s chat with The Dean Mike Chappell of Fox 59 and CBS 4.
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