The Indianapolis Colts had a strong 2020 season under third-year head coach Frank Reich in which they went 11-5 which was good enough to secure them a wildcard playoff berth. The Colts faced the Buffalo Bills on the road and almost squeaked out a win but ultimately fell short in a 27-24 loss. Looking ahead to the 2021 season the Colts needed to address the quarterback situation once again after Phillip Rivers decided to call it a career.
The Colts wasted little time to hit the trade market as there were rumors of many quarterbacks that were available for the right price. With Matthew Stafford already traded to the Los Angeles Rams, the Houston Texans not wanting to move Deshaun Watson and the Seattle Seahawks not wanting to move Russell Wilson either the Colts pivoted to Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Colts sent a 2021 third rounder and a conditional 2022 second rounder that can become a first rounder if Wentz plays at least 75 percent of the team’s snaps next season.
How have Colts faired in free agency?
Looking ahead to the 2021 season you can tell the Colts want to compete now and feel they have a roster to do just that. In addition to the Carson Wentz acquisition, they have signed guys like Marlon Mack, T.Y. Hilton, Julian Davenport, Sam Tevi, Al-Quadin Muhammad, T.J. Carrie, and Zach Pascal among others.
Heading into the 2021 NFL Draft the Colts have a need at tackle after veteran Anthony Castanzo retired as well as holes at cornerback, wide receiver and defensive line among others. If general manager Chris Ballard can have another good draft the Colts should be competing for a playoff spot once again.