Indianapolis Colts win but at a hefty price; what will they do?

The Indianapolis Colts celebrated the game of the century (the atmosphere was playoff worthy) by bringing home a victory against the Denver Broncos. But they paid dearly when Reggie Wayne tore his ACL reaching for an underthrown pass from Andrew Luck.

The Colts have to find a way to replace Wayne's production after he went down with an ACL injury (Photo credit: AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The Colts have to find a way to replace Wayne’s production after he went down with an ACL injury (Photo credit: AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Reggie Wayne has been the symbol of consistency during his long career and seeing him go down like that was a shock. Unfortunately, the Colts have to move on without Wayne but how? With who?

The Colts placed Wayne on IR then signed cornerback Jalil Brown and waived Dominique Jones. Meaning that there is now one roster spot available, which, more than likely, will be filled by a receiver.

The Colts can promote in-house and call up one of their two receivers on the practice squad; second year player Griff Whalen or rookie Da’Rick Rodgers.

I wouldn’t be opposed to either, as Whalen has proven he can be dependable catching the ball and Rodgers has major upside. In fact, GM Ryan Grigson should waive receiver David Reed, who has essentially done nothing for the team thus far, and promote both Rodgers and Whalen to the 53-man roster.

But it’s been two days since the Colts have opened up the roster spot. What is Grigson doing? Is he looking to make another deal? Seems that Josh Gordon, Hakeem Nicks and Justin Blackmon may be up for auction.

But are the Colts willing to give up another high draft pick when they already don’t have a 1st or 4th rounder in the upcoming draft?

Maybe he is looking for a free agent. Ramses Barden, Deion Branch and Brandon Lloyd are available free agents that could potentially be brought in by the horseshoe, at least for a try-out. Though, there hasn’t been a receiver that has worked out for the Colts the past few days.

training camp favorite Griff Whalen could be promoted to the 53-man roster (Photo credit: AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

training camp favorite Griff Whalen could be promoted to the 53-man roster (Photo credit: AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

I believed that Grigson would promote one of the practice squad players at first but now I am not sure what is going on. I do believe he is just doing his due diligence and could end up going that route anyways, but it seems unlikely a practice squad promotion would take this long to ponder on.

I wouldn’t be opposed to trading a late round pick (5th, 6th, 7th round pick) for Nicks; seeing as he is unhappy in New York and he is on an expiring contract, it isn’t an unlikely scenario.

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Blackmon and Gordon would probably require a 2nd rounder and that might just be too much at this point for the Colts as they barely have any picks in the first four rounds as it is.

If there is to be a trade or free agent signing I expect it to come within the week, so the wait shouldn’t be too much longer.

What are your thoughts on the situation? Who do you think the Colts should or will bring in?

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  • John Lenko

    The Colt are going to pick a wide receiver in the draft anyway, why not trade for Gordon, it looks to me like he is very talented and could start immediately. He’s young and he can only get better.

    • Faraz

      One more misstep away from being suspended for a year. I do agree with your reasoning though you never know what you’ll get in the draft and trading our top 2 picks isn’t an ideal situation.

      • John Lenko

        The Colts don’t have to go after Gordon, there are several other wide outs they could target. We don’t have a 1st round pick, we blew that on T-Rich, but trading for an established, young wide out is just as good, if not better, than drafting one. So, why not give up our 2nd round pick?
        I still have a little faith that T-Rich will pick up his game, but the O-Line has to help as well, he can’t do it by himself. I want to see Brown start until Richardson finally shows he can run like he did in college. The coaching staff needs to show Richardson some film of his college day, that may jar his memory on how to hit the holes with quickness and power.