INDIANAPOLIS – Trent Richardson remains the answer to a question many fans would like to see change.
Tuesday’s trade deadline came and went without the Colts making a deal, meaning the last in-season trade made by the franchise was the blockbuster deal for Richardson back in 2013.
With that news, Marlon Mack is still a member of the Colts, despite efforts from both sides to find a new home for the team’s No. 3 running back. Having Mack as insurance took on a little more weight this past weekend after the team cut Jordan Wilkins.
Given the Colts asset situation and 3-5 record with the mid-way point of the season here, it was not shocking to see Chris Ballard stay away from being a buyer at the deadline.
While the Colts could use some help in the secondary, especially at safety, or at wide receiver right now, it’s no guarantee making such a move would push this team into ‘legit playoff contender’ category.
On the Mack front, it will be interesting to see if the Colts decide to grant the running back’s wish to find a new home, with his carries still very limited in Indy. Mack played 1 snap on Sunday, despite the Colts having 80 offensive snaps.
Besides current record, part of the reason why the Colts were never viewed as a serious ‘buy’ candidate came down to what they have from a draft pick/cap situation standpoint.
The Colts are likely to send their first-round pick in 2022 to the Eagles to complete the trade for Carson Wentz. Through 8 weeks, Wentz has played 99 percent of the team’s offensive snaps.
Cap space wise, the Colts are not in as flexible of a position as they’ve been prior years.
Now, the Colts will have to rely on their current roster situation to try and make some serious moves up the AFC to get back into the playoffs this season.
At 3-5, the Colts are 12th in the AFC standings right now.