Three crazy trades for the Broncos after the 2022 season
Swinging a trade for Colts’ right tackle Braden Smith
I understand that the Indianapolis Colts’ offensive line has been bad this season, but I don’t think it’s because of Braden Smith, a talented and still rather young right tackle who recently signed an extension with the team.
He was a second round pick back in 2018, and according to PFF, he’s never graded below a 70 in a season before. The 6-foot-6 tackle has nice length and does keep clean in terms of penalties. According to Pro Football Reference, it doesn’t look like he was even called for an infraction in 2021.
He’s only been called for 15 penalties, and he’s in his fifth year, which is a measly five penalties a season. He’s not an elite tackle, but he’s still 26 and is very good at what he does. This would finally give the Denver Broncos some relief at the position, which seems like has a new face each year.
Contractually, he’s on a four year, $70 million extension. If the Colts were to trade him in 2023 and designate it as a post-June 1 cut, they’d incur just $3 million in dead money and save $16 million. His cap hit is $19 million next year.
The Colts are having a rough go at it this year. They’ve already fired their offensive coordinator and head coach and do not have a clear QB of the future. They could be headed towards a rebuild, so perhaps they’d be open to shopping some players.