Colts trade for tackle Winston Justice

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The Indianapolis Colts announced Wednesday that they have traded for offensive tackle Winston Justice, formerly of the Eagles.

New Colts G.M. Ryan Grigson was Philadelphia’s director of college scouting when the Eagles made Justice the 39th overall pick in the 2006 draft.

Justice, 28, will likely start at right tackle in Indianapolis, across from 2011 first-round pick Anthony Castonzo. Right tackle was a major trouble spot for the Colts all last year.

The trade didn’t cost the Colts much; the Eagles were going to release Justice anyway. In exchange for Justice, the Colts and Eagles have swapped 2012 sixth-round picks.

Philadelphia moved up 16 spots in round six.

18 responses to “Colts trade for tackle Winston Justice

  1. The Eagles positioned themselves to draft their next starting MLB nicely with this trade.

  2. Salary dump. Shaved $4.25MM off of the cap. If they cut him, they would have $2MM of dead money from the deal on the cap…so I guess it’s worth it. They’re probably trying to do the same for Jammal Jackson. If not,they’ll be releasing him soon. So..between the two, they’ve created an extra $6MM in cap space.

    Wish they would give some of that to Eric Winston and let Evan Mathis walk.

  3. phillyphever says:
    Mar 14, 2012 11:39 AM
    Yes, good riddance to that bust. Good luck with him Indy.
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    The Giants defensive line is sad today.

  4. firehowieandandy says:
    Mar 14, 2012 11:59 AM
    Salary dump. Shaved $4.25MM off of the cap. If they cut him, they would have $2MM of dead money from the deal on the cap…so I guess it’s worth it.

    Are you 100% sure about that? When a player is traded, any remaining guaranteed money is accelerated to hit the former team’s cap, same as if they released him. All the new team assumes is his base salary (and roster/workout bonuses) in terms of a cap charge. If they would have had $2MM in dead money from a signing bonus that hadn’t hit the cap yet when they released him, the same cap hit would apply when they traded him. The compensation agreed to seems to disagree with your notion since it’s so minimal.

  5. Definitely not a bust.. He turned around after a horrid first start against the Giants and became a solid starting tackle. The problem was he doesn’t fit Howard Mudd’s mold of offensive linemen. They were going to cut him, but to get something in return is better than nothing. Decent trade for both sides.

  6. you indy fans think this is a steal? Ha. I’d rather use that 6th rounder on another linebacker than have winston sitting on the bench another year making 3 mill a year

  7. Playing RT in a traditional WCO for a right-handed QB (and not having to face the Giants 6 dozen pass rushers twice a year) instead of trying to protect left-handed scrambler Vick should be an easy transition for him. His $3M-$4M salary is on the bubble for what I’m ok with spending but I think it’ll overall be worth it.

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