Colts Pushed to Shop uncertain WR. Before NFL Trade Deadline

The Colts made a push to acquire WR Michael Pittman Jr. ahead of the NFL trade deadline
The Indianapolis Colts have finally signed running back Jonathan Taylor after the 2023 season. But a question mark remains regarding wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr.’s contract situation. ‘ opportunity to compete for an AFC play-off spot this season. Incredibly, the Colts are one of 12 teams that are 3-3 or better in the conference. It’s a crowded field and a tough one to handle without starting quarterback Anthony Richardson, who the Colts have officially ruled out for the remainder of the 2023 season.
So with all that , USA Today’s Cory Woodroof, in For the Win, argues that the Colts should seriously evaluate the trade market for Pittman.
“With quarterback Anthony Richardson on injured reserve, the Colts need to think long and hard about selling before the trade deadline to secure draft capital to add significant talent to the offense this crime,” Woodroof wrote.
“Pittman is a very reliable receiver, but he will become a free agent in the spring. It would make sense for Indianapolis to consider trading him to a rival that needs wide receiver help for a third-round pick.
“This would be the most compensation the team would receive if Pittman left and signed a big contract elsewhere, but they wouldn’t see that pick until 2025 It’s also possible they undo that by signing a major free agent of their own. ”
Woodroof concluded his argument by calling the Colts potentially trading Pittman “smart” because it would give the team “a good choice for next year’s draft.”
There’s a number of different ways to look at Pittman’s situation. The Colts found Pittman early in the second round of the 2020 draft. He’s developed into a wideout who will compete for 100 catches and/or 1,000 yards on an annually basis.
To trade that away — when he’s only 26 years old — for a draft pick after the second round doesn’t seem smart.
However, as the saying goes, beggars can’t be choosers. If the Colts don’t plan to extend Pittman, keeping him to make a run with Gardner Minshew behind center doesn’t make much sense.
It’s not like Alec Pierce and Josh Downs have made Pittman replaceable, but the Colts have other young receivers they’re developing. They could take another one with the draft pick they received in exchange for Pittman. Whether or not to trade Pittman is not an easy decision at all. But the Colts can’t really afford to let the 26-year-old walk for free in free agency. That fact seems to put at least a potential Pittman trade on the table.

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