The transition to a 3-4 defense has left the Colts with a lot of work to do on the defensive side of the ball.
According to Peter King of SI.com, an ideal world would see them trade back from the 34th overall pick to pick up extra picks in the second and third round that they could use to address the many needs on defense. That’s not the only thing they’d do to increase their options in the draft in such an ideal world, however.
King reports that the team would “love to get a good pick” for Dwight Freeney. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about trade talks involving the 32-year-old defensive end, who would move to outside linebacker in the Colts’ new scheme. There was a lot of trade chatter after Robert Mathis signed his new deal, but nothing came of it.
We’ll see if that changes during the draft, but the market might not be strong. Freeney’s set to make $14.035 million this season, a big number for a team to take on in a trade. We could see something similar to what happened with the Falcons and Asante Samuel, but that trade only landed the Eagles a seventh-round pick. That payoff wouldn’t seem to fit the criteria laid down by King for a Freeney trade.