Through 11 games last season, Will Fuller had already set career-highs across the board (53 catches for 879 yards, eight touchdowns). More importantly, based on his history, he had not yet missed a game due to injury.
Then in late November, Fuller was suspended six games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. He sat out the final five games for the Texans, with one game left to serve in Week 1. He’s also a free agent. So his market value has taken a hit, with free agency and the draft offering ample options.
Fuller will have some suitors though. The Green Bay Packers had interest in him at last year’s trade deadline, so they are one possibility. Another team with a need at wide receiver, and aspirations for a deep playoff run in 2021, makes a lot of sense too.
On a list of free agency predictions, Chris Thomas of The Game Haus has predicted Fuller signing a one-year, $16.4 million with the Indianapolis Colts. T.Y. Hilton is likely gone in free agency, leaving the promising Michael Pittman Jr. and Parris Campbell (who has played nine games in two seasons) as their top two wide receivers. Zach Pascal is a restricted free agent, so he could be back to add depth.
With their trade for Carson Wentz locking down the quarterback spot, the Colts can use their cap space elsewhere in free agency. They have the fifth-most cap space in the league right now (nearly $44.7 million, according to Over The Cap). So the proposed deal for Fuller is viable.
It’d be fine for the Colts to take a one-year flier on Fuller. But fine shouldn’t be the bar, especially as they hope to resurrect Wentz in 2021. They should go get a legit No. 1 wide receiver like Allen Robinson, without thinking twice.