The Indianapolis Colts are 1-0 so far in the preseason and we learned a lot from their first action of the 2018 season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Colts will implement a higher pace and much quicker throws. Some players flashed, like Jordan Wilkins and Quenton Nelson, while others disappointed, like Nyheim Hines and Quincy Wilson.
The need for a pass rush in Indianapolis has been evident ever since Robert Mathis retired after the 2016 season. Colts general manager Chris Ballard has tried to address the situation since taking over. Last year, he signed Jabaal Sheard, John Simon, and Margus Hunt, and Al Woods. He also drafted Tarell Basham in the third round. This year, Ballard continued to address the pass rush by drafting Tyquan Lewis and Kemoko Turay, as well as signing Denico Autry and Chris McCain.
While the Colts do have plenty of talent and potential along the front four on defense, a superstar pass rusher would instantly make the entire defense much better.
It just so happens that a superstar defensive end could be available. Oakland Raiders star defensive end Khalil Mack is set to be a free agent after the upcoming season and has been holding out for a new contract. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that there is “no end in sight” for the holdout and Mack isn’t expected to report for the teams second preseason game.
Indianapolis could be a perfect destination for Mack if the situation takes a turn for the worse in Oakland. There are three reasons why a trade makes sense for both sides.
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