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Irsay tweets about “trade winds” involving “serious vet/starter”


After Peyton Manning was fired and Andrew Luck was hired, we didn’t think there would be much for Colts owner Jim Irsay to tweet about.

Wrong again.

Irsay says, with enough all caps to hurt the eyeballs and exclamation points to make Jake Jarmel hurl, that the trade winds are blowing.

He says that they’re “talking about giving up high pick for a SERIOUS Vet/Starter,” and that his “check book stands ready!”

The obvious targets are Steelers receiver Mike Wallace and Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

As to Wallace, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians served as the Steelers offensive coordinator for all three years of Wallace’s career.  As to Jones-Drew, former coach Tony Dungy has said multiple times that he wanted to draft Jones-Drew in 2006.

Wallace is the more likely target, even though the Steelers have said he won’t be traded.  Coach Chuck Pagano has said Donald Brown will be the “bell cow” tailback.  Besides, the Jags likely wouldn’t want to trade Jones-Drew within the division.

Regardless, Irsay’s reference to his “check book” means that, whoever the player is, he will be expecting a new contract.

Stay tuned to Irsay’s Twitter page.

UPDATE 7:50 p.m. ET:  Irsay, perhaps realizing that tweeting about a possible trade may not get it done, especially if it wakes up some other team that could be interested in acquiring Wallace or Jones-Drew, has now decided to “move behind the curtain!”  Unfortunately for Colts fans, the great and powerful Oz already has spoken.

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80 Responses to “Irsay tweets about “trade winds” involving “serious vet/starter””
  1. gmsalpha says: Aug 23, 2012 7:49 PM

    He’s talking about giving up a high pick for a serious vet/starter.

    Who is he talking to? Is he talking to another team? Is he talking to others in the Colts organization to get a feel for whether he should pursue this idea? Is he talking to Snap, Crackle, and Pop?

    If I were a Colts fan, I would absolutely try to get Mike Wallace. He’s proven to be an asset, which is a better addition to your team than rolling the dice in the draft. They will have a high draft pick, but you still can’t be a young FAST receiver with good hands and the Arians connection definitely makes sense for Wallace, should he be looking to move.

  2. jtbaudendistel says: Aug 23, 2012 7:49 PM

    Considering the Colts have a starting WR in Collie that might be brain dead soon, I think Luck could use the help. And it would be great to see the Steelers lose a pretty good WR

  3. TeamBalco says: Aug 23, 2012 7:50 PM

    Pump Fake Alert!!! Freeney is on his way out.

  4. donnymacjack says: Aug 23, 2012 7:51 PM

    Sweet…this must mean Irsay’s about to give us a number one for T.O.! (I mean who else would be dumb enough to do that? besides the Redskins…)

  5. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 23, 2012 7:51 PM

    Nice Seinfeld reference!

  6. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:52 PM

    its a cornerback or somebody on the defense

  7. calizcowboyz says: Aug 23, 2012 7:53 PM

    They already tried once to get Mike Jenkings from the Cowboys. Dont be surprised if they sweetened
    the pot to get him. They need corner help “badly”
    to say the least.
    I dont think Mike Wallace is going anywhere, and the Jags need MJD badly to take pressure off their second year quarterback, Gablert.
    But I could be wrong… just my guess

  8. jimcaldwellsucks says: Aug 23, 2012 7:56 PM

    He’s an idiot with a checkbook.

  9. AlanSaysYo says: Aug 23, 2012 7:57 PM

    I would accuse him of trying to appear as if he competed for the services of a player on the trading block that he already knows he won’t land, but I honestly don’t think he’s smart enough to think that far in advance.

  10. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 23, 2012 7:57 PM

    The Colts don’t have anyone who throws well though.

  11. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 23, 2012 7:59 PM

    Definitely not an inter-division trade, especially with Khan in charge – doesn’t add up.

    Wallace, however, definitely make sense.

  12. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 23, 2012 8:03 PM

    *ring ring ring ring*

    “Whoa whoa whoa!! Wallace is about to get dealt? Hold up I’m not ready, I have an offer, what’s it gonna take? This guy is mine please return my call immediately!!”

    -some other team

  13. jbholcom says: Aug 23, 2012 8:06 PM

    I would see a Dwayne Bowe trade before a Mike Wallace trade. Scott Pioli is the master of the 2nd round trade and I see Dwayne for a high 2nd.

  14. hasselbeck8 says: Aug 23, 2012 8:07 PM

    Irsay is probably talking about trading a 7th rounder for some roster fodder and laughing at Florio and every other media member getting excited about this.

  15. pooflingingmonkey says: Aug 23, 2012 8:08 PM

    Or maybe Irsay is just trying to sell a few more tickets via publicity? He’s not exactly shy, you know.

  16. mancave001 says: Aug 23, 2012 8:08 PM

    Jesus…my man just doesn’t shut up!

  17. 1rockyracoon says: Aug 23, 2012 8:10 PM

    Many of his tweets remind me of a middle school girl tweeting about Justin Beiber. Owners of billion dollar franchises should not be tweeting every thought that pops into their mind.

  18. tonyromoisterrible says: Aug 23, 2012 8:11 PM

    Must be deep into his daily bottle of scotch. This guy is a complete buffoon. Someone take his twitter handle away from him.

  19. ad296 says: Aug 23, 2012 8:12 PM

    Peyton Manning had Edgerrin James. Andrew Luck gets MJD.

  20. elanum23 says: Aug 23, 2012 8:13 PM

    colts will make playoffs…

  21. brintfatre says: Aug 23, 2012 8:14 PM

    He’s referencing trading the Broncos something for Manning after he proves he’s no longer a starter…

  22. descendency says: Aug 23, 2012 8:17 PM

    TeamBalco says:
    Aug 23, 2012 7:50 PM
    Pump Fake Alert!!! Freeney is on his way out.


    Good thinking, but probably wrong. Irsay is talking about spending money, so unless Freeney is being swapped for someone who wants a big pay day – then I doubt it involves him.

  23. 1nationraidernation says: Aug 23, 2012 8:17 PM

    the only owner in any professional sports league who intentionally told his team to lose, and was happy watching them lose, as long as they got #1 pick….karma watch out

  24. scytherius says: Aug 23, 2012 8:26 PM

    I swear a bunch of 5th Graders own most of the NFL franchises.

  25. jimcaldwellsucks says: Aug 23, 2012 8:27 PM

    He doesn’t have a ton of money to spend this year.

    Not with almost 40 million of dead cap space.

  26. agc99 says: Aug 23, 2012 8:29 PM

    How about tampering? Is the NFL going to fine this clown? His qualifications to be an owner is to have rich parents.

  27. sixburghrules says: Aug 23, 2012 8:40 PM

    tonyromoisterrible says: Aug 23, 2012 8:11 PM

    Must be deep into his daily bottle of scotch. This guy is a complete buffoon. Someone take his twitter handle away from him.
    A drunk billionaire buffoon can say whatever he wants to! Are you going to be able to counter his offer?

  28. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 23, 2012 8:40 PM

    What a screwball….

  29. tjacks7 says: Aug 23, 2012 8:43 PM

    Percy Harvin..?

  30. myspaceyourface says: Aug 23, 2012 8:45 PM

    I’m a Steelers fan and I hope they trade Mike Wallace. If we could get a high pick for him I would take it in a second and never look back.

    I like Wallace but he isn’t worth all the trouble he has been causing.

  31. bnwpnw says: Aug 23, 2012 8:49 PM

    Must be nice, to be perpetually nine years old like that.

  32. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Aug 23, 2012 8:51 PM

    You know how many tweets Bears fans have read from Virginia McCaskey? ZERO.

    Imagine, “Getting big time WR from certain MIA team for nothing!”

    Then again, I think she’s still using morse code…

  33. tdk24 says: Aug 23, 2012 8:51 PM


  34. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Aug 23, 2012 8:53 PM

    That being said, I do hope it’s Wallace cuz I drafted Luck as my 2nd QB, and Brown as my flex. I expect dividends by week 5

  35. 1122world says: Aug 23, 2012 9:05 PM

    It will be MJD.
    Kahn doesn’t care that it’s in the same division as he doesn’t care about Jax n it’s ppl.

    He’s saddling his team up and headn out west – gold rush.

  36. electionconfidential says: Aug 23, 2012 9:09 PM

    Don’t believe anything that comes out of this douche.

  37. pacoltsguy says: Aug 23, 2012 9:11 PM

    Too many tweets from Irsay to toss this one aside. Something’s afoot but it may not reach fruition.

  38. mf7krime says: Aug 23, 2012 9:13 PM

    It’s Tebow. They’re trading Luck for him straight up.

  39. hatesycophants says: Aug 23, 2012 9:16 PM

    Hey sixburghtool,

    So, billionaires can say whatever they want? Bootlicker.

  40. redruckus81 says: Aug 23, 2012 9:35 PM

    Ill go ahead and throw it out there… Ed Reed.

    He fits everything that Irsay said. Would cost a high pick (atleast), is a serious vet, talked about wanting a raise this offseason and he has ties to Chuck Pagano

  41. gooseblack1987 says: Aug 23, 2012 9:37 PM

    I wish this moron would just stop talking he cant stand going a few months with out seeing his name in the news. I think half the time he just bluffs so that he can see his name in the headlines again your the owner theres no reason for you to even talk right now

  42. c0rona55 says: Aug 23, 2012 9:38 PM


  43. musicman495 says: Aug 23, 2012 9:39 PM

    Bob, sorry, we are not interested in trading Peyton Manning back to Indy. Keep your tweets to yourself.

    John Elway

  44. musicman495 says: Aug 23, 2012 9:39 PM

    Er, sorry, I mean Jim. No disrespect intended.

  45. LoCoSu@%s says: Aug 23, 2012 9:48 PM

    Irsay then tweets the Colts playbook. Multiple tweets since there is a limit on a tweet.

    Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson then proceed to lock Irsay out of the complex, or even better, feed him false information that will be instantly tweeted to the inter-universe.

  46. bkostela says: Aug 23, 2012 9:49 PM

    i don’t believe you. the grammar in the tweets above is too satisfactory for this guy to have tweeted them.

    by the way, even if i cared enough about this nonsense to have a twitter account, i wouldn’t follow this clown. but thanks for making sure i know about it, as it is groundbreaking.

    isn’t there an angle in the vilma case that you haven’t reported about yet?

  47. therealgts says: Aug 23, 2012 9:52 PM

    Ed Reed? Yeah bro I’m sure any team would give up a first or second for a 45 year old. Get real.

  48. sarasotaraven says: Aug 23, 2012 9:57 PM

    It is Cary Williams from the Ravens for a 2nd round pick… good luck with him Colts lmao, The Ravens are lucky to get that for him….

  49. akd1287 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:00 PM

    This guy seems to be going through a midlife crisis or something and is trying excruciatingly hard to seem young.

  50. saintsfan26 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:08 PM

    what about ocho cinco?

  51. deadeye says: Aug 23, 2012 10:08 PM

    Bad idea. You’re rebuilding. Take your lumps with a crappy record, get a higher draft position, and keep all your picks.

    Honestly, if they trade anything good for MJD, Irsay is a meddling moron who is ruining the rebuild of the Colts.

  52. olewize1 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:09 PM

    DEZ BRYANT!!!!!!!

    1st rnd pick and a lineman in exchange

  53. jagwar73 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:23 PM

    Spending daddy’s money!

  54. preventoffense says: Aug 23, 2012 10:24 PM

    hatesycophants says: “So billionaires can do whatever they want?”

    Aaaaahhh, yes, pretty close to anything. that’s kind of how the world works – always has. It is not a new phenomenon in spite of the all the whining in the media lately.

  55. cheers4ablumpkin says: Aug 23, 2012 10:29 PM

    Irsay a jackass

  56. brianric says: Aug 23, 2012 10:30 PM

    All Logic points to a Defensive player and everyone knows they are desperate for a corner I’m betting it’s the Dolphins Vontae Davis the phins have 3 solid corners in Sean Smith, Richard Marshall and Davis. Davis has been demoted in favor of Marshall but put up solid seasons the past 3 years. The Dolphins are rebuilding and might as well trade a guy who is slated to be their nickle corner for as much as they can get to help them retool.

  57. juliusleazer says: Aug 23, 2012 10:32 PM

    Going with James Jones from GB.

  58. jppforprez says: Aug 23, 2012 10:40 PM

    Don’t think when every team is 0-0 that someone will want to trade in division or even in conference so with that in mind

    Possible candidates

    Osi- He signed a one year contract, and Strahan said he was being taken advantage of… Might of regretted signing the deal.

    Michael Jenkins

    Felix Jones

    Michael Crabtree

    Only AFC player I see going is Dwayne Bowe

  59. indyspeedo says: Aug 23, 2012 11:03 PM

    Still can’t quite figure out why Florio is such a hater of our owner and the Colts. Pull the trigger guys make a statement. Go Colts!

  60. micahernst says: Aug 23, 2012 11:08 PM

    Sounds like Irsay might just be dumb enough to pay Mike Wallace that Larry Fitzgerald money.

    It does sound somewhat plausible though given the Bruce Arians connection and how many times Austin Collie has had his bell rung.

  61. benacci says: Aug 23, 2012 11:09 PM

    Hey I love our Rock n Roll owner who drinks scotch! And If I had that much money from dear old Dad, I would wouldn’t care about all you jamokes said either!

  62. conormacleod says: Aug 23, 2012 11:30 PM

    Irsay is filthy rich and I am not. I’m embarrassed. And jealous. The world isn’t fair.

  63. 805_9er says: Aug 23, 2012 11:37 PM

    Khan is stupid enough to trade MJD within the division.

    He still thinks Americans ride trains…

  64. vikinganswer says: Aug 24, 2012 12:03 AM

    Some people are born on 3rd base and think they hit a triple.

  65. firedup1 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:03 AM

    If it is Bowe, KC would be smart to pick up a number one for him. Next year they can draft someone much cheaper with less of an ego. Baldwin has looked good in camp, so maybe he is ready.

  66. mwcarolina says: Aug 24, 2012 12:11 AM

    this must mean Irsay’s about to give us a number one for T.O.! (I mean who else would be dumb enough to do that? besides the Redskins…)
    hahaha, funny. No team is that stupid though. TO isnt worth even a 7th round pick if he’s complaining.

    As for who i think it is, some are saying linemen. if it’s an o-lineman, i cant guess who except Jake Long, but that would be like an 8 steps back deal for the Dolphins. the one with most sense is Wallace, but it seems the Steelers dont want to deal him, Bowe’s interesting, i wonder if the Chiefs trade him though. if the trade goes down, then it will be interesting at least because Irsay tweeted it and made it a mystery.

  67. jville808 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:14 AM

    I don’t see any issues trading MJD within the division. Think Andy Reid and Donovin McNabb. While MOJO still has a few years left in the tank, it’s not like he’s going to be the difference from the Colts being the AFC South bottom feeders to perennial champs (once again) for what might be the rest of his career. If this fool is crazy enough to offer a first rounder for him then bye-bye MOJO. I’m a Jags fan and I love having Pocket Hercules on my team, but you just can’t say no to a first rounder for an aging RB wanting mega money.

  68. Getoffmylawn! says: Aug 24, 2012 12:32 AM

    Must be cool playing fantasy football for real.

  69. imodan says: Aug 24, 2012 12:46 AM

    Wes Welker

  70. redruckus81 says: Aug 24, 2012 1:08 AM

    therealgts says:Aug 23, 2012 9:52 PM

    Ed Reed? Yeah bro I’m sure any team would give up a first or second for a 45 year old. Get real.


    Still the best coverage safety in the NFL and I really dont give a damn who he is talking about as Im not a Colts fan. Just taking a guess

  71. iamthorny says: Aug 24, 2012 1:21 AM

    Dwight Freeney goes to Baltimore to replace Suggs, and the Colts acquire Ray Rice so Bernard Pierce can be their featured back.

  72. chilomane says: Aug 24, 2012 1:25 AM

    Irsay is none to smart.

  73. conbro8 says: Aug 24, 2012 2:02 AM

    1nationraidernation says:Aug 23, 2012 8:17 PM

    the only owner in any professional sports league who intentionally told his team to lose, and was happy watching them lose, as long as they got #1 pick….karma watch out
    It’s funny, I’m a Colts fan, follow the team religiously, and have NO recollection of this happening. Can you provide me a link to that quotation? Thanks.

  74. t16rich says: Aug 24, 2012 4:02 AM

    Mike Kafka? 1st rounder going to Philly.

  75. gizzmonic says: Aug 24, 2012 7:19 AM

    wes welker

  76. steeelfann says: Aug 24, 2012 8:31 AM

    No way does Wallace go any place.

  77. arlingtonsynn says: Aug 24, 2012 8:44 AM

    Would be fun if it was Revis.

    Would have to ship Freeney back just to clear the space to sign him though.

    One can hope right?

  78. diehardtwinsfan says: Aug 24, 2012 11:24 AM

    As a Vikings fan, I could see Percy being on that list if all of this “I’m happy now” stuff was just a show. I certainly would be fine picking up the colts first rounder for him given that both teams will likely be drafting top 10 this coming draft.

  79. coltsfan4evr says: Aug 24, 2012 12:43 PM

    how about ryan clady of the broncos wasn’t he wanting more money and didn’t sign an extension

  80. hatesycophants says: Aug 26, 2012 9:44 AM

    Even if what you say were true (it is not), preventoffense, that still makes you and your pal bootlickers. Enjoy!

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