Michael Pittman Jr. was forced to be shopped by the Colts. previous to the NFL Trade Deadline.

Michael Pittman Jr. was forced to be shopped by the Colts.
previous to the NFL Trade Deadline.

Wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. should be seriously considered for trade by the Indianapolis Colts, according to Cory Woodroof of USA Today’s For the Win.

Running back Jonathan Taylor has now committed to the Indianapolis Colts through the 2023 season.
However, there is still uncertainty surrounding the wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr.’s contract situation.

Indianapolis’ chances of competing for an AFC playoff spot this season are also in doubt.
Surprisingly, the Colts are one of the conference’s 12 teams with a record of 3-3 or better.

Without starting quarterback Anthony Richardson, who the Colts officially declared out for the remainder of the 2023 season, that’s a crowded and intimidating field to navigate.

Cory Woodroof of USA Today’s For the Win suggested that the Colts should carefully assess the trade market for Pittman in light of everything mentioned above.

The Colts need to carefully consider any trades at the trade deadline in order to raise money for the draft and add quality players to this offense, according to Woodroof, who wrote that quarterback Anthony Richardson is currently on injured reserve.

“Pittman is a very dependable wide receiver, but in the spring, he will be a free agent. It makes sense for Indianapolis to think about trading him for a third-round draft pick to a contender who needs wideout assistance.

They wouldn’t see that pick until 2025, but that would be the highest reward the team could receive if Pittman left and signed a significant contract elsewhere.
They might also counteract that by securing a top free agent of their own.

Woodroof called the Colts’ potential trade of Pittman, which would give them a “nice pick for next year’s draft,” “smart,” as he put an end to his case.
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Pittman’s circumstances can be viewed in a few different ways.
Pittman was selected by the Colts in the first pick of the second round of the 2020 draft.
He’s grown into a wideout who will compete annually for 100 catches and/or 1,000 yards.

It doesn’t seem wise to trade that away for a draft pick after the second round when he is only 26 years old.

But as the adage goes, beggars can’t be kings.

Pittman shouldn’t be kept around to make a run if the Colts don’t intend to keep Gardner Minshew at the quarterback position.

Although the Colts do have other young receivers they are developing, Alec Pierce and Josh Downs have not rendered Pittman unnecessary.
The draft pick they get in exchange for Pittman could be used to acquire another.

It is not at all simple to decide whether to trade Pittman.
However, the Colts really can’t afford to let the 26-year-old walk for nothing in free agency.

This appears to at least open the door for a Pittman trade.

 

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