The NFL trade deadline hits at 4:00 PM on October 30, and all chaos is sure to unfold. Here are five possible trades for the Indianapolis Colts.
Jacoby Brissett to the Jacksonville Jaguars
Andrew Luck‘s health really should not be in question at this point. Sure, he had a freak shoulder accident and missed a lot of football, but he has shown no signs of slowing down since returning from injury. Brissett is a good football player and could be an efficient starter in the NFL. The Colts really have no reason to keep a player of Brissett’s value on the bench at this point.
The Jaguars are coming off a game in which they benched Blake Bortles for Cody Kessler. Their quarterback situation is not pretty, and I would not be surprised if they looked for some QB help before the trade deadline. The Colts could possibly get a third or fourth round pick for Brissett.
Peterson recently made headlines for expressing his desire to be traded out of Arizona. Since then, things seemed to cool down between the seven time pro bowler and the team that drafted him in 2011. However, if the return is good enough, the Cardinals would likely let Peterson go.
Hooker was a first round pick last year out of Ohio State and has shown flashes. However, with the solid contribution of Mike Mitchell, and the lack of cornerback talent the team currently has, swapping Hooker for Peterson would be pretty tempting for the Colts.
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5th round pick to the Miami Dolphins for DeVante Parker
The Colts do not have great receivers. Dropped balls and injuries at the position have plagued the pass game, and Luck needs another viable option other than T.Y. Hilton. That is where Parker comes in. He has the size, speed and athleticism that great receivers typically possess. His production has not been impressive lately, but that may be in part to inconsistent quarterback play in Miami.
Parker has been on the trade block for a few weeks now and it would be a little surprising if he is not dealt before the trade deadline. He does have an injury history, which could be a deterrent to some teams. However, his potential definitely outweighs his risks if the team can snag him for a late round pick.
2nd round pick to Houston Texans for Jadeveon Clowney
Clowney will be a free agent this off season, meaning many teams will be making big offers for him. To take the bidding war out of the equation, the Colts could simply offer up a high draft pick to Houston.
The first overall pick in 2014 is a game-changing pass rusher, and taking him away from the division rivals would be that much more beneficial for the Colts.
2019 1st round pick and 2020 3rd round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for Leveon Bell
Leveon Bell is possibly the best running back in the NFL. Yes – it would take a king’s ransom to trade for Bell, but could it be worth it? Pairing Leveon with Marlon Mack in the backfield, along with Andrew Luck could make for a very explosive offense.
This is the least likely of all the trades, but it is the most fun to imagine.