If the Colts hold a pick that would set up a team with a franchise quarterback, they could rebuild and add multiple desperately needed cheap pieces to their roster. The Browns probably won’t need to trade up to grab a passer. The 49ers could have Kirk Cousins, a potential free agent, by the time the 2018 draft rolls around, but if the Colts pass them or the Browns in the standings (or if Darnold leaves school), it won’t matter.
Let’s say the Colts finish with the second overall pick and have at least one franchise quarterback prospect available to them. They could extract a huge haul from one of a handful of teams that wouldn’t otherwise have access to Rosen or Allen. I count nine teams that could be looking for a quarterback depending on whether players such as Cousins, Sam Bradford and Ben Roethlisberger leave town, and they would need to send a bevy of picks Indy’s way. Here’s what those trades could look like:
Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is unhappy with his role in the offense. “If things don’t get better, then I got to go” at the trade deadline, he told ESPN.
Smith-Schuster, who is in the NFL concussion protocol after reporting concussion-like symptoms following Sunday’s game against Cincinnati, lives about a mile away from the team facility and doesn’t have a driver’s license. He plans to get one before the weather gets too cold.
Steelers spokesperson Burt Lauten even got in on the action.
The rookie’s return to the lineup could help open a struggling passing game.
Browns left tackle Joe Thomas has been diagnosed with torn left triceps and will miss the remainder of the season, the team announced Monday.