The Indianapolis Colts have swung a trade days before the NFL draft. The trade has made waves throughout the league as owners have mixed feelings on the trade. The Colts sent longtime center Ryan Kelly, the 33rd pick in the draft, and cornerback Isiah Rodgers to the Baltimore Ravens for Cornerback Marcus Peters. The Colts felt they needed to have a shutdown corner on the roster and boy did they get it in Peters. Since entering the league Peters has made a name for himself as a ball hawk with over 40 career interceptions. Though he is an elite corner he is approaching the age where corners rapidly decline, and on a contract year so the team will have to pony up a good chunk of change to keep him. The positives outweigh those negatives for the team. While talking to The defensive coordinator, we have been told that they will keep Peters on the outside across from Kendall Sheffield. Peters is a terrific man corner, and the team will add in more man to man plays to play to his strong suit. Peters will use his amazing ball skills and hyper athleticism to lock down his opponents best targets week in and out.
Besides getting a corner slightly older and having to pay for his extension, the Colts also gave up a decent bit. Ryan Kelly has been the teams starting center since he was drafted in the first round in 2016. He was an anchor that made this the best offensive line in the league for years, that is very hard to come by, but the Colts felt good about the replacement they had in Second year stud Jalen Mayfield. Ryan took out a full page ad in the paper thanking the organization and the fans for his years with the team, he was a class act on his way out as his name had been in trade rumors for weeks and never complained. Also heading out the door is speedster Rodgers who rarely saw playing time but made impacts on special teams. The 33rd pick in the draft wound up being the final piece in negotiations for the Colts. The Ravens are seriously cash strapped and have to prepare to Sign Lamar Jackson to a mega deal so they need young talent anywhere they can get it.
When Peters was asked about the trade he was quoted as saying “ I appreciate Baltimore and will always have love for the team and the fans, they took me in and treated me like family. I’m ready to come to Indy and have the same impact I had for the Ravens, I know people will think I’ve lost a step but I’m ready to help the Colts get to the playoffs and prove the doubters wrong “
The Colts have to love that attitude as the team has gone 16-16 in the last two years and need something to push them over the edge in the hyper competitive AFC. The team took a step back this year while they fell to a disappointing 7-9. This is something GM Rob Green knows cannot happen again. This is win now mode for the team, and expect to see more moves on the way.