As we talked about last week, we're pretty unsure of the Indianapolis Colts' plan for 2020. Philip Rivers, Jacoby Brissett, TY Hilton, Marlon Mack, Justin Houston and others will be free agents after the upcoming season. What is this team going to do in 2021?
Perhaps they signed Rivers to just stay competitive and keep fans watching in the short term while they construct a long-term plan behind the scenes. Should trading Hilton be a part of that plan? The 30-year-old wide receiver is due $14.5 million in 2020 (the final year of his contract) and could net Indy some assets if they play their cards right and talk to the right contenders in need of a top talent.
It could be time to get the Seattle Seahawks on the phone and discuss a trade.
The Hawks have Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, but now that they'll be facing DeAndre Hopkins twice a year in addition to the stout 49ers defense, Russell Wilson needs all the help he can get if they want to win the NFC West.
And this potential deal can help out both sides in a big way. Seattle has two second-round picks (No. 59 and No. 64) in addition to a third-round pick (No. 101). If the Colts are willing to eat some of the money on Hilton's deal (~$4 million), then a second-round pick should be enough to get this hypothetical deal done. If they're not, then pick No. 101 seems fair. After all, while Hilton is a consistent 1,000-yard receiver, he's been hampered by injuries the last two years and missed a combined 8 games.
This will also take some work on Seattle's end. They'll have to create some more cap room to welcome the 2020 draft class if they add Hilton. Perhaps the front office can restructure some base salaries to signing bonuses for guys like Justin Britt, KJ Wright, Duane Brown or Jarren Reed, which is a trend we've seen all offseason, especially with the Cowboys and Saints.
Colts fans might be enraged when hearing the idea of trading Hilton, but he's entering a contract year and will be playing with a QB who can't really throw a deep ball anymore. Why not get something in return instead of watching him leave in free agency?