Redskins could look to trade veteran QB to Colts in wake of Andrew Luck’s retirement
Andrew Luck has officially retired from the NFL. In wake of this shocking news, the Indianapolis Colts don’t have much depth at quarterback, so the Washington Redskins could try to give them a veteran to complete their quarterback room.
The Indianapolis Colts have gone from being one of the bigger contenders in the AFC to being a potential afterthought. The team lost their franchise quarterback Andrew Luck to a shocking retirement. Luck, 29, became mentally fatigued from recovering from injuries, and he elected to call it quits.
Now, on eve of the season, the Colts are thin at quarterback Jacoby Brissett will get a chance to prove himself as a starter. He showed some flashes as the primary starter in 2017, but he has played very sparingly since then. And behind him, the team has very little.
At the moment, the Colts have Phillip Walker, a former undrafted free agent out of Temple, and Chad Kelly, Mr. Irrelevant in the 2017 NFL Draft, competing for the backup job. Originally, they weren’t expected to make the roster. But now, one may serve as the backup to Brissett. Unless, of course, the Colts look to pick up some extra quarterback depth.
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If the Colts do look for some quarterback help, a logical place for them to shop would be in Washington. The Redskins have three capable quarterbacks in their QB room in Case Keenum, Dwayne Haskins, and Colt McCoy. The team is probably leaning towards keeping all three at the moment, but perhaps they could be motivated to move one of the veterans for the right price.
That said, Case Keenum is currently projected to start the season, so the team likely wouldn’t move him barring a change of heart. If the team were to move any quarterback, it would likely be McCoy, who has fallen behind in the quarterback battle as he looks to recover from a season-ending leg injury.
McCoy has been troubled by the leg injury in recent weeks, so he may not be healthy. If so, that would be a non-starter in trade negotiations and he would likely make the 53-man roster but start the season on the IR with a DFR tag. But if McCoy can be ready to begin the regular season, the Colts may show some interest in acquiring him just to keep him around as a backup in case Brissett has some issues.
The Redskins wouldn’t likely get much for McCoy. But if the Colts offered a conditional sixth-round pick for the veteran’s service, that could get a deal done. The Redskins would then roll with Keenum as the veteran and Haskins as the backup rookie with upside while picking up an extra draft asset.
All that said, a deal with the Colts doesn’t seem likely. The Colts may just wait for another veteran to become available (trading for Teddy Bridgewater or grabbing Brian Hoyer if he’s released by the Patriots would both be sensible options) and they probably won’t want to acquire McCoy given his injury situation. If McCoy was healthy, then things may be a bit different, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
And the Redskins may be happy to keep three quarterbacks on the roster to avoid throwing Haskins into action too early. After all, they did go through four different starters last year, so they may not want to relive that nightmare again.
Either way, the NFL quarterback landscape has changed dramatically in the wake of Luck’s retirement. It will be interesting to see the fallout that this retirement creates across the league.