Jim Irsay has been tweeting up a storm the past day or so.
The tweets happen to coincide with the rift between feature RB Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Jags’ owner, Shahid Khan. First, Khan made a comment about how “the train is leaving the station. [MJD] needs to run or be left behind.”
The 27 year old running back didn’t take too kindly to it to say the least and lashed out, saying he wanted a trade. Today, cooler heads seem to be prevailing as Jones-Drew backed off and said he’d prefer to stay in Jacksonville.
Usually, you can trust the things Irsay tweets. Over time, he’s been one of the few straight-shooters about such things, but notice not what his tweets said, but more what they did NOT say.
“Trade winds are blowing!”
“We’re talking of giving up a high pick for a SERIOUS vet/starter”
“Colts Fans..Your GM Mr Grigson isn’t afraid to roll the dice n aggressively improve YOUR Indianapolis Colts..n my check book stands ready”
“9 times out of 10 these deals fizzle out like a faulty Roman Candle;any other info at this time is proprietary,must move behind the curtain!”
Get the drift yet?
Not once did he mention MJD, the Jags, or even a position. He gave broad, vague statements…which would be prudent if in trade talks, but then again if in trade talks it’s best to shut up in the first place.
Secondly, the Colts have multiple holes that need to be filled and RB is only one of them. MLB Pat Angerer will miss a lot of time due to injury. The Colts have one starting-quality cornerback and a bunch of nickel or dime backs. And then poor WR Austin Collie is suffering yet another concussion. They could use some help on the interior DL.
I really don’t understand what Irsay is trying to do here. If he’s NOT seeking MJD, why get the fans’ hopes up for no reason? Same thing if he is, and no deal is forthcoming?
More importantly, why trade a high draft pick for a running back that has a lot of mileage on him already? The Colts aren’t going to the Super Bowl for at least two or three years as they’re right at the beginning of the biggest off-season roster overhaul of any NFL team. By the time they get to be playoff contenders again, they’ll probably be replacing Reggie Wayne, and MJD will be pushing 30 (whether or not they trade for him).
I don’t see a young team giving up what is likely to be a top-12 pick for any running back in the league. If he really wants a franchise-type back, wait until 2013 and draft a Marcus Lattimore from South Carolina perhaps. Otherwise, trading for MJD would net them a running back that’s 5 or 6 years older with much more wear on his body in return for a year’s worth of production on a mediocre team.
Bad move in the long run.