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Irsay suggests Colts will trade for a running back

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He’s at it again.

In the wake of the season-ending torn ACL suffered by running back Vick Ballard, Colts owner Jim Irsay has proclaimed on Twitter that Ahmad Bradshaw and Donald Brown will have to step up.

And then Irsay added this:  “Grig’s gonna work hard to wheel n deal B4 trade deadline, let’s roll.”

“Grig” is G.M. Ryan Grigson.  And Irsay has now tipped Grig’s hand regarding the potential desire to find a running back.

While it’s fairly obvious that the Colts could be looking, it’s hard to maximize trade leverage if folks in the organization are proclaiming, “Hey, we want to trade for a running back!”

Besides, trading for a veteran running back may not be the best way to fill the void.  At the running back position, “next man up” is often the better the approach, with young players filling the void as the depth chart kicks upward.

But if the Colts decide to pursue the trade route, some intriguing options are floating around.  The Jaguars could decide to get what they can from Maurice Jones-Drew in his contract year, and the Texans could resolve Ben Tate’s desire to play more by sending him to a place where he will.  Of course, neither Jacksonville or Houston may be inclined to strike a deal with someone in their division.

Elsewhere, the Bills could (in theory) decide to clear out Fred Jackson so that C.J. Spiller could be the featured back, the Vikings could opt to get value for Toby Gerhart (a second-round pick in the final year of his rookie deal), the Falcons could be willing to move Jacquizz Rodgers, who was a forgotten man in Week One, and the Rams could choose to move on from Isaiah Pead.

This effort to list the possibilities likely means I’ve left out the guy(s) the Colts would actually target.  Maybe the best approach is to target no one via trade, and to rely on young players and other available free agents to fill the void.

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43 Responses to “Irsay suggests Colts will trade for a running back”
  1. jakec4 says: Sep 15, 2013 8:41 AM

    You go as far as your offensive line lets you, and the Colts don’t have a very good one.

  2. 2016olympics says: Sep 15, 2013 8:41 AM

    Lots of RB hungry teams already. Where is Cedric Benson?? He was a desirable commodity in GB last year before his injury…was he not?!

  3. afty2001 says: Sep 15, 2013 8:42 AM

    I just don’t see anyway in hell Texans trade someone to Colts. MJD maybe.

  4. joetoronto says: Sep 15, 2013 8:42 AM

    Every time this guy opens his mouth, he proves that it’s old money behind him.

    No way somebody that stupid could make the money he has.

  5. cakemixa says: Sep 15, 2013 8:43 AM

    Please take Mark Ingram

  6. nolahxc says: Sep 15, 2013 8:44 AM

    Two words….

    Mark Ingram

  7. johanvil says: Sep 15, 2013 8:48 AM

    Bradshaw, Brown and Kerwynn Williams are the “next man up”.

    Grigs better look at a solid OL body that will improve our putrid protection of Luck.

  8. cletusvandam says: Sep 15, 2013 8:54 AM

    After Irsay hyped up the signing of Heyward-Bey as being some huge FA coup his head will probably explode if the Colts make a move for a RB. Then they will end up with some has been or never was like Legarrette Blount or Ronnie Brown.

  9. EJ says: Sep 15, 2013 9:00 AM

    Fred Jackson? You’re joking around… right Florio? You don’t actually think the Bills are going to trade away the only player that sparked the Offense last week, do you? Freddy Jackson was born a Buffalo Bill and he will retire as one. Irsay needs to look elsewhere.

  10. greyhawk9 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:08 AM

    Christine Michael would have been a great draft pick for the Colts this year… Giving up anything for Jones-drew at his age is a waste of time… He’d probably hold out for a new contract as soon as he signed

  11. jpb12 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:15 AM

    Spending dad’s $

  12. johnsteph1 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:21 AM

    Don’t forget the Cowboys. Since they have made many trades already since training camp that is not out of the question. In fact the boys tried to trade one of the running backs to a unknown team just before the season opener. If they do its likely going to be Phillip Tanner.

  13. titusyoungslegalcounsel says: Sep 15, 2013 9:23 AM

    Bills won’t trade Jackson. He’s a captain and was by far the better back in week 1

  14. sirsupersouthern says: Sep 15, 2013 9:26 AM

    Swinging a deal for Fred Jackson would be a great move. He’s still got it, as he proved last Sunday.

    He’s been around long enough to know how to pass protect, he catches the ball well, he’s not quite a super star so his pay is reasonable.

    Plus, the Bills like trading away quality backs. Who else would actually trade Marshawn away?

    Fred Jackson is the three down back the Colts need and they should do whatever they can, within reason, to acquire him. I’m sure Fred would love to be traded to a contender instead of freezing in Buffalo where he isn’t even starting. Make it happen Grigs…

  15. sowcrates says: Sep 15, 2013 9:29 AM

    Ryan Williams has seemed to grow unpopular in Arizona, meaning he’d be cheaper than most of the guys mentioned.

  16. uwsptke says: Sep 15, 2013 9:33 AM

    Why not sign Willis McGahee first?

  17. indy12colt says: Sep 15, 2013 9:40 AM

    I don’t believe we need a veteran running back when we have two on the roster now an are capable of filling the void. Bradshaw, an Brown are good runners with different styles an we are a passing team so don’t waste money. Just a hint draft a running back so Luck can groom to play as he wants him too. Just saying

  18. brohamma says: Sep 15, 2013 9:51 AM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing New England make a move for Jacquizz Rodgers, if he’s even available (which I doubt), after the Vereen injury.

  19. berniemadoffsides says: Sep 15, 2013 9:51 AM

    McFadden might make sense, though he’ll tear an ACL on the ride to Indy.

  20. skins1970 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:54 AM

    The Skins might be willing to trade Evan Royster.

  21. pfic15 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:59 AM

    Thank you fellow Saints fans who have thrust Ingram into the possibilities. Let us hate him together.

  22. bcajun says: Sep 15, 2013 9:59 AM

    Mark Ingram

  23. kwjsb says: Sep 15, 2013 10:00 AM

    The way the Browns used T-Rich (Only 13 carries) in the first game, they must think he is only worth a 7th round pick. Offer a 5th and see what happens.

  24. nps0520 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:02 AM

    Mikel LeShoure seems to be the odd man out in Detroit. The Lions would do well to get something for him.

  25. tyrobjenkins says: Sep 15, 2013 10:03 AM

    Mikel Leshoure. Detroit doesn’t want or need him.

  26. glenne81 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:08 AM

    Trade your next five first-round picks for Adrian Peterson and win the next five super Bowls. Don’t let that running back waste away.

  27. zingo1978 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:08 AM

    The Lions will take a bowl of soup for Mikel Leshoure

  28. jamezz23 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:15 AM

    They should give Detroit a ring for leshoure, with bush and bell on front of him he’s not likely to see much time

  29. samaugster23 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:23 AM

    Mikel Leshoure. He was an inactive healthy scratch last week. Joique Bell has stepped up and has secured the #2 RB in Detroit. He was a second round pick. Detroit would take a 4-5 rounder for him.

  30. silvercutlery says: Sep 15, 2013 10:27 AM

    Mikel LeShoure

  31. texanfan53 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:51 AM

    There is no RB controversy in Houston. They would NEVER trade to a division rival anyway because they are not stupid.

  32. flickaboogie says: Sep 15, 2013 11:01 AM

    Not Mikel LeShoure, The way RB’s get banged up the Lions are going to need him.

  33. jagsandliquor says: Sep 15, 2013 11:05 AM

    We’ll trade u MJD for Luck lol

  34. balzer41 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:15 AM

    As a life long Colts fan, I’m not overly thrilled with Jim’s twitter nonsense, but I don’t see how this in any way hurts their case of making a trade. As soon as Grig’s made 1 phone call, the entire league would know they were in the market anyway.

    I don’t think they make a trade for a RB anyway, there simply isn’t any reason too. All we need is better blocking and that could be fixed by simply replacing Mike McGlynn with our rookie Thornton. Good O-line blocking is the key to a good running game and not the RB.

  35. securb2013 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:15 AM

    The Patriots seem frustrated with Ridley but he would probably drop his plane ticket on the way to the airport and miss his flight to Indy.

  36. pantherfaulk says: Sep 15, 2013 11:16 AM

    Well Stewart its been real!lol

  37. breakingb says: Sep 15, 2013 11:23 AM

    Mark Ingram… His style running doesn’t fit in NO.

  38. christopher525 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:27 AM

    We have this guy named Stewart in Carolina, what you offering?

  39. 52lightsxout52 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:36 AM

    Quick, somebody send him a bottle of whiskey so he can tweet out the Colt’s gameplan before kick-off!!!

  40. sarcasm says: Sep 15, 2013 12:54 PM

    Billionaire Dummy, The Jim Irsay Story

  41. titaniksigh says: Sep 15, 2013 12:57 PM

    Jeez! Somebody please take his Twitter account away! Stop tweeting like a 14 year old girl Jim!!

  42. soia311 says: Sep 16, 2013 10:37 AM

    Grog has close ties to Philly. I’d expect him to call about Bryce Brown or Chris Polk.

  43. bl0ggerj0e says: Sep 18, 2013 7:19 PM

    Ahmad Bradshaw is an excellent running back..what kind of dope doesn’t feed him the rock until he explodes??

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