The news comes four days into the free-agency signing period at a time when the Colts were being scrutinized for not spending much of their huge stash of salary-cap space. The Colts entered the week with more than $70 million in available cap room, but so far have signed only one free agent — former Raiders defensive lineman Denico Autry.
Several other players are still in talks with the team, including Cowboys free-agent pass rusher Benson Mayowa and Redskins free-agent receiver Ryan Grant.
“We looked at free agency and we just didn’t feel like we were at a point to where we wanted to add some of the guys at the price that they were at,” Ballard said. “And we need to add some young talent to this roster.”
Graham’s no youngster (31), but he’s about 1 years younger than Nelson, a much bigger target (6-6 , 265 pounds) over the middle of the field and a major threat in the red zone (10 touchdowns last season).
For those concerned that he’s the next Martellus Bennett, Graham ran a 4.56-second 40 coming out of college and has always been more of a quick-twitch athlete than Bennett (4.68). Chances are he’s not hitting the wall Bennett hit last season.
Let’s also assume that in making this deal coach Mike McCarthy knows what Graham does and doesn’t offer, and unlike Seattle, will use him accordingly.
New York and Indianapolis will swap No. 1 picks, as the Colts will now pick sixth, and the Jets will give up the 37th and 49th picks this season. In addition, they will give the Colts their second-round pick in 2019.
The assumption now is the Jets are trading up to take a quarterback. There are four quarterbacks who could go in the top 10 and the Jets were picking at No. 6, so there was a chance they could have missed out on at least two and possibly all four.
It was a slim possiblity, but it could have happened.
Now the question is which quarterback do they take The top guys in the draft are (in no particular order) USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.
So which one do they want We’ll have to wait until April 26 to find out.