Trade Scenario #1
Analysis: Finishing with an 11-5 record last season, the Indianapolis Colts earned themselves a spot in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, losing to the Buffalo Bills, 27-24. The Colts also lost their starting quarterback, Philip Rivers, to retirement afterward, leaving the playoff team in need of a new franchise passer.
This is yet another attractive landing spot for Matthew Stafford as he is yet to win a single postseason game in Detroit. To be handed the keys to a playoff contender from the start with a former quarterback as your head coach in Frank Reich would be ideal.
Because of their success last season, the Colts don’t possess a top-end first-round selection to offer in exchange for Stafford like other potentially interested parties will. But that could be made up in either additional draft capital or possibly sending over a player or two.
In this scenario, we’ll stick with draft picks only and see the Colts offering up two first-rounders and a third for Stafford plus a 2022 second-round selection.
Again, this might be viewed as an overpay by some. But this is also in anticipation of there being a major bidding war for Stafford’s services. And as Indy is a playoff contender already, they may be more willing to sacrifice draft capital for a chance to make a Super Bowl run right now.