The Indianapolis Colts continued to trade two first-round picks for ‘young franchise QB’ before Matt Ryan trade

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This offseason as the Indianapolis Colts prepared to move away from Carson Wentz, they grew increasingly desperate to do something about it, as team CEO Jim Irsay was evident“They couldn’t move forward with their current starting quarterback.

Ultimately, the Colts found common ground by trading their third-round pick for Matt Ryan, but as Irsay says, the organization was considering another major trade, one that would have sent two first-round picks for a “young franchise QB”.

This is interesting for many reasons. First, the Colts don’t have their own first-round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft after acquiring Wentz the previous season. Such a move likely would have meant trading their top picks in 2023 and 2024, which would have left the Colts without a first-round pick for three straight seasons. Not really ideal.

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What quarterback did the Indianapolis Colts have their eye on?

We will probably never know the answer to such a question. Sure, Irsay wasn’t willing to get in trouble for tampering, choosing not to name the player, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate for fun.

Still, we can take what he said and set some speculative parameters. Irsay said they were considering trading two firsts for a “young franchise QB.” For me, young people can stop at around 26, maybe 25, for a particular QB.

As you can see, there are very few quarterbacks that come to mind that fit this criteria of being a “young franchise QB”.

Deshaun Watson is the obvious name several franchises are known to have chased, maybe Irsay was referring to him?

Another name that comes to mind is Kyler Murray. After the downright odd offseason between the Cardinals and their franchise quarterback seemingly unable to agree on his dollar value to the organization, perhaps the Colts have looked to the No. 1 overall pick in 2019?

Then there’s always Jalen Hurts, who may not seem available now, but there was a time when the Eagles were linked to Russell Wilson, which means they were doing their shopping at some point this offseason. Of course, if they traded for Wilson, they would naturally want to know what Hurts could bring in a trade. Again, two firsts seems a bit high. And Russ is 33, not exactly young for a QB.

The surname on the list is similar to the Hurts situation. No one expects the Dolphins to leave Tua now, but when bigger fish were still swimming like Tom Brady and Watson, the same scenario applies. The Dolphins wanted to know who would pay what for Tua. But two firsts? Get out of here.

Of course, it’s possible that Irsay may have misspoken or possibly misremembered the age and youth of some of these quarterbacks. Jared Goff is 27, they may have considered trading for the former No. 1 overall pick, but probably not at the cost of two firsts.

As we mentioned, it’s unclear who the Colts may have had their eye on, but based on the speculative list, it’s possible they made the right call by only parting ways with a pick. third round for a chance at Matt Ryan returning to the Pro Bowl. .

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