Sunday, March 17, 2013
Colts' WR buzz
By Tom Carpenter
Never one for understatement or subtlety, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay laid it on pretty thickly Saturday evening, as he teased fans with a potential wide-receiver acquisition.
"ColtFans,we already past the cap cash wise/ we're workin on a deal,1 we've been workin on for 5 days/ we're very,very close 2 making it work," he tweeted, later adding, "Colt Fans,hint------ it's a Wide Receiver!!"
He went on over the following couple of hours with a number of other tweets, even referencing "The Big Lebowski" -- Lotta strands in old Irsay's head? -- but never giving a whiff as to which player he may have been referencing.
If he's referring to the unrestricted free-agent market, there isn't much left -- certainly no one that should generate a lot of excitement (Austin Collie? Mohamed Massaquoi? Randy Moss?). ESPN AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky took a stab at players the Colts may have a shot at acquiring as restricted free agents:
Paul KuharskyIrsay stirs up speculation on WR for Colts
"The first name that jumps out is Victor Cruz, the New York Giants' restricted free-agent receiver and salsa dancer. Cruz had 86 catches for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Pittsburgh’s Emmanuel Sanders, who reportedly had a visit scheduled with New England, is also a restricted free agent. Teams can sign restricted free agents to an offer sheet and have to give up draft-pick compensation if the original team doesn't match it. Cruz is tendered at a first-round level and Sanders at a third-round level. If the player is willing, his original team can work out a trade instead of seeing the offer sheet procedure play out. But "workin on a deal" doesn't mean a trade for certain. General manager Ryan Grigson could be negotiating with a free agent. None of the unsigned receivers, however, appear deserving of the excitement level Irsay's suggesting. The Colts already are without a second-round pick from the Davis trade. If they made a blockbuster trade, a team that's pledged to build through the draft could be left with little to work with early in the draft."