The 2022 season has not gone according to plan thus far for the Indianapolis Colts. They were given what many would perceive as a soft opening two weeks, facing off with divisional foes in the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars. They were both expected to be in the cellar of the AFC South, but the Colts had ugly performances in both games.
After tying the Texans in Week 1, the Colts got shutout by the Jaguars in Week 2, losing 24-0. It was an embarrassing performance, as they were unable to get anything done on either side of the ball.
Matt Ryan was acquired this offseason with hopes that he would turn the offense around. He has been under siege as the offensive line has struggled. Playing without Michael Pittman Jr. in Week 2 also showed just how thin the Colts’ wide receiver group is.
On the opposite side of the spectrum is the New York Giants. They are the most surprising 2-0 team in the NFL this season. They were big underdogs in Week 1 when they went on the road and defeated the Tennessee Titans before beating the Carolina Panthers in their home opener in Week 2.
Could the Colts and Giants be a match as trade partners? New York has wide receivers that don’t look to be in their game plans this season in Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton. Given his contract, the Giants are likely stuck with Golladay, but Slayton is someone that the Colts could have an interest in.
Over at Bleacher Report, a suggested trade between the franchises is Slayton getting sent to Indianapolis for a 2023 seventh-round pick and 2024 sixth-round pick. This would be a good trade for both franchises.
The Colts need to add more firepower to the wide receiver position. Pittman is a star in the making, but beyond him, there isn’t anything to count on consistently. While Slayton has fallen out of favor with the new Giants regime, he has shown that he can be a capable producer after being a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
He had back-to-back 740+ yard seasons to begin his career before the Giants’ offense crumbled last season with some of the worst quarterback play in the league. This year, he isn’t part of the game plan, so from New York’s perspective, getting any draft capital in return for him would be a win.
Moving Slayton, who was a candidate to be cut in the offseason and training camp, would save the team $900,000 as well. For a team with the cap issues that the Giants have, every little bit counts when it comes to saving money.