NFL Trade Deadline: Would Trading Wayne and Mathis Signal White Flag for Colts?

T.J. McaloonContributorOctober 14, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  Robert Mathis #98 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on against the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Jets won 17-16. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Before the season, the fans in Indianapolis had dreams of their Colts being the first team to ever play in the Super Bowl as their city was the host. It has never been done before and with multiple-time Most Valuable Player and Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning leading their team, it looked like this was an obtainable feat.  

But then Peyton went into offseason neck surgery. With the lockout he wasn’t able to rehab his neck with the Colts team doctors. Once the lockout was lifted, Peyton didn’t play in any of the preseason games. 

Two weeks before the preseason ended, Manning went under the knife again for another surgery on his neck.  

Now, with Manning about to miss his sixth straight game this season, it may lead to the Colts’ sixth loss of the season.  

That’s six games without Peyton, resulting in six losses.  

The fans of the Colts see this season as lost without their quarterback, and the dream of playing in the Super Bowl looks to be dead.  

Now, with rumors coming out from sources, like ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Colts should not only trade Pro Bowl wide receiver Reggie Wayne, but also Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Mathis.  


According to Schefter, while speaking on ESPN Radio, the Colts should trade veterans Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis for fourth-round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Now, nothing has come out from the Colts organization about the possibility of moving these players.  

But the news coming from Schefter is coming from someone who has connections inside of NFL teams, like the Colts, or any other teams that may require the services from two Pro Bowl players like Mathis and Wayne.  

The question, if these two guys are traded, that has to be raised is: Are the Colts purposely losing games this year to get the No. 1 draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft?  

In this upcoming draft, the No. 1 pick looks to be senior Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.  

If the Colts do land Luck, it would be a perfect way for Manning to exit the team, with Luck as the next one to lead the Colts for the next 10-to-15 years.

So, it will be interesting to see if the Colts do make these two moves. The Colts will never come out saying that they were planning on losing games. But moving two of their top-tier talents at a trade deadline that normally is quiet will raise a conspiracy theory or two if they land Andrew Luck. 

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