Jim Irsay is one of the NFL's best owners because of his open willingness to the fans.
SERIOUS TRADE WINDS Swirling! We're talking given up high pick for SERIOUS Vet/Starter!.. these deals often crumble n don't reach completion— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) August 23, 2012
Irsay then tweeted after:
Colts Fans..Your GM Mr Grigson isn't afraid to roll the dice n aggressively improve YOUR Indianapolis Colts..n my check book stands ready!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) August 23, 2012
As a fan of any pro football team we have to appreciate Irsay keeping the Colts' fans "in the know," so to speak.
To that end, let's come up with some trades where Indy would get an immediate boost for the 2012 season and beyond.
Trade: 2013 First- and Third-Round Picks to the Baltimore Ravens for Lardarius Webb
Webb is worth a first- and third-round pick and he makes perfect sense for the Indianapolis Colts.
For one, it would reunite him with Chuck Pagano as well as defensive lineman Cory Redding and safety Tom Zbikowski. So, the on-field chemistry would already be present, as would Pagano's philosophy.
Easily a top-10 cornerback in the league, Webb enjoyed a breakout season in 2011 with 20 defended passes, five picks and 67 tackles. The Colts' biggest defensive need right now is a lockdown corner opposite Jerraud Powers and dealing for Webb would give Indy a complete defense.
If they have to give up an additional selection, so be it. Webb's only turning 27 this season and playing for his former defensive coordinator on a quickly rebuilding team is quite appealing.
Yes, Dwayne Bowe finally returned to the Chiefs (per the Associated Press via ESPN.com) after holding out for so long, which makes this rather unlikely. But after this offseason, it may be a relief for K.C. to part ways, and Bowe would be an excellent fit for the Colts as they need a younger true No. 1 receiver.
He'll will be turning just 28 years old this season and is coming off two impressive campaigns of over 1,100 receiving yards and 20 combined touchdowns. He's the Chiefs' main target, .
As for Kenny Britt, he's a slightly higher risk after his 2011 season was cut short. So, the durability concerns are there which makes him an easier deal as well.
On the bright side, he'll only be 24 years old in September and has two decent years from 2009 and 2010 under his belt.
With a great size frame at 6'5", 215 pounds, Britt would flourish having Andrew Luck instead of Jake Locker under center. Indy needs a young threat, especially inside the red zone and his presence would simply help field a more balanced offense.
Trade: 2013 Second-Round Pick [and Mike McGlynn] to the St. Louis Rams for Harvey Dahl
He may be 31 years old, but Harvey Dahl is a well-established veteran who can improve the Colts offensive line quite a bit.
At 6'5", 315 pounds, Dahl possesses the size, lateral movement and overall athleticism to contribute at either guard or the right tackle position. Left tackle Anthony Castonzo is Indy's only stud lineman right now and a proven vet is needed.
Dahl also plays with an attitude that you want to see in an offensive lineman.
He was the best offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons from 2007-2010 where he helped Michael Turner amass 3,941 yards between 2008 and 2010. Plus, Matt Ryan was well protected on the interior which played a major role in his Rookie of the Year award.
Considering that the Rams are rebuilding, though, Dahl wouldn't be an easy get. Indy may have to throw in an additional selection, because St. Louis did allow 54 sacks in 2011 and Dahl was their best lineman.
Trade: 2013 Second-Round Pick [and Drake Nevis] to the New York Giants for Chris Canty
One area where the Indianapolis Colts need some intimidating talent is the defensive front.
Cory Redding was great to come with Chuck Pagano's 3-4 look, but a hybrid player like Canty only takes the Colts to new heights.
His 6'7", 317-pound frame is ideal for any 4-3 defensive tackle or 3-4 defensive end look.
Going under the radar in Dallas from 2005-2008, where he tallied 148 tackles and 10 sacks, Canty has been just as productive with the New York Giants and set career-highs last season. Put him opposite of Redding and Canty will simply dominate.
With Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis to play outside, Canty would control his part of the interior enough to limit the inside weakness with linebacker Pat Angerer out, per the Associated Press via ESPN.com.
Pursuing a standout 'backer would also work, however, Canty's ability to pass rush and stop the run is needed on the first level of defense.
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