The Indianapolis Colts have staked their claim to the AFC South division title after seven weeks into the 2013 regular season. While owning a two game lead over the Tennessee Titans and with the Houston Texans in a downward spiral, the title is within the Colts grasp. However, as the success on the field continues, so do the injuries, the latest being veteran WR Reggie Wayne. Various outlets are reporting this morning that Wayne did suffer a torn ACL injury last night and will miss the rest of the season. Do the Indianapolis Colts now trade for a wide receiver prior to the trade deadline?
The Colts defeated the Denver Broncos in the highly hyped return of Peyton Manning to Lucas Oil Field last night. Second-year quarterback Andrew Luck was overshadowed all week with the return of the future Hall of Famer, Manning. Luck simply outplayed Manning and the Colts have now defeated three serious Super Bowl contenders this season.
Besides handing the Broncos their last defeat of the season, a team that looked unstoppable on offense through the first six weeks, the Colts have handed losses to the San Francisco 49ers and the only loss of the season for the Seattle Seahawks.
Indianapolis shocked the NFL world after trading for RB Trent Richardson, but now, will they trade for another wide receiver prior to the trade deadline on October 29?
This is a Colts team that has lost offensive linemen to injuries along with a tight end and two running backs, the loss of Wayne will be difficult to overcome. Darrius Heyward-Bey and T.Y Hilton are nice pieces of their offense, but neither is the receiver that Wayne has been during his career.
Will the Colts call the Cleveland Browns once again to see if they can secure Josh Gordon? The Browns have stated repeatedly that Gordon is not on the trade block, but, for the right price, who knows. For the Colts, surrendering draft picks for Gordon might be a solid move. True, he is flirting with a possible season long suspension if he fails another drug test, but he is a serious talent on the field, and who wouldn’t want out of Cleveland?
There is Hakeem Nicks in New York. The Giants are out of post-season contention with another loss and Nicks will be a free agent in the offseason. After re-signing Victor Cruz, the Giants have other needs on the roster and likely won’t offer Nicks a new contract, tying up serious salary cap money in two receivers.
The Colts have proven that they can defeat some of the best teams in the league this season. They need to pull the trigger on another trade and try to replace Reggie Wayne.