Colts' GM Irsay: "SERIOUS TRADE WINDS Swirling!"
Eight hours ago, Irsay tweeted "TRADE WINDS BLOWING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
This came less than an hour after his previous tweet - "What is a Hotcake...a biscuit or a muffin?"
In the past half hour, his trade-related tweets have picked up, beginning with "SERIOUS TRADE WINDS Swirling! We're talking given up a high pick for SERIOUS Vet/Starter!" His following tweet mentions that Colts' general manager "Mr Grigson isn't afraid to roll the dice n get aggressive to improve YOUR Indianapolis Colts."
His most recent tweet concedes that these type of deals often fizzle out like "a faulty Roman Candle," but it is still interesting to speculate who he could be talking about.
The first name that comes to mind is Jaguars' running back Maurice Jones-Drew. MJD has been holding out for the entire offseason, and both he and the Jaguars' front office seem to be dead set on playing hard ball. Reports have surfaced that if Jones-Drew doesn't report to camp by this Saturday, he won't see any action in Week 1 (assuming he were to report by then). With the Colts' new coach, Chuck Pagano, coming from a defensive background, it makes sense that the team would want a back who can pound the rock. What makes an MJD-to-Colts deal unlikely, however, is the fact that the Colts and Jaguars are division rivals, and the Jags certainly don't want to do anything to aid in the improvement of a division foe.
What makes more sense is Steelers' restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace, who has also been holding out all summer, but was expected to report to camp and sign his one-year tender this weekend. However, Wallace is obviously unhappy with the organization, especially with fellow Steelers' wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders receiving a contract extension while Wallace sat at home waiting for one of his own. The Steelers also may not find him as valuable as one would think, as they've done nothing in the way of contract discussions to lure Wallace to camp.
Wallace would provide Colts' rookie quarterback Andrew Luck with an immediate deep threat to compliment the aging Reggie Wayne's possession receiver skill set. If Luck really is as good as the experts say he is (and I think he is), this could actually give Wallace a bump in fantasy value. The Steelers are said to be moving to more of a run-first offense, while the Colts will likely find themselves losing and forced to air the ball out frequently this year. There would be some early season growing pains, as Wallace would have to learn and adjust to a new offense, but he'd be very productive once he got comfortable with his new playbook and teammates.
Keep in mind, this is all speculation and none of it is likely; but according to the Colts' owner, there is definitely something interesting brewing out in Indy.