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When it Comes to Drafting a QB, The Colts Say They Won’t Force It

The Colts have their quarterback set for 2020 in former Los Angeles Chargers signal caller Phillip Rivers, but beyond that the team is going to need a QB for the future as Rivers won’t last forever.

With the NFL Draft approaching starting on Thursday, the Colts are a team that a number of people seem to feel are going to go after a QB early, but that’s not something they will force.

General manager Chris Ballard says that despite needing one, the team is not going to force it taking a QB just because they will need one eventually to take the place of the 38-year-old Rivers.

“It’s gotta be the right guy, the right fit for us, and for our staff and for our organization,” Ballard said Friday in a pre-draft media session, via the team website.

“So I don’t know when it’s gonna happen: maybe this year, maybe next year, maybe two years from now. I don’t know. And I’m not gonna force it — much to everybody’s dismay, and it might drive everybody nuts, but I’m not gonna force that issue.

“When we decide to take one up that we think is going to be the future guy of this franchise, you gotta be right.”

The Colts owned the 13th pick in the 2020 draft, but now are without a first-rounder and have eight picks overall, including two in the second round. In the second, the Colts have the No. 34 and 44 choices, which could be in the neighborhood for a promising QB.

As for shipping away No. 13 — which would have likely been a good spot for perhaps Utah State’s Jordan Love — Ballard is more that happy with having traded it away to the 49ers for defensive lineman DeForest Buckner.

“He’s got everything we stand for — high character, he’s a producer,” Ballard said of Buckner. “He’s durable, he’s got the character (and) he plays a premium position in this defense. It was an easy decision, easy decision.

“I know the 13th pick is a high price, but we haven’t made a lot of big moves like this and a chance to acquire a player of this caliber with is character, I thought it was a no-brainer,” Ballard said.

“Matter of fact, I held my freaking breath, praying that it was going to get done. I couldn’t be more pleased about getting this young man into this organization and I think you will see the same things I see here going forward.”

Colts Owner Irsay Finds and Donates 10,000 N95 Masks to Help with Covid-19 Pandemic

Jim Irsay keeps finding ways to pitch in during Indiana’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Joel Erickson of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Irsay announced Sunday on his Twitter account that he’d obtained 10,000 N95 masks, the respiratory masks critical to protect respiratory therapists, doctors and nurses working with COVID-19 patients.

The Indianapolis Colts owner is donating the masks to the Indiana State Department of Health to be distributed to the hospitals where they are most urgently needed.

Colts Owner Jim Irsay Thinks New QB Philip Rivers is a “Young 38”

If you think that 38 years old is too old to play quarterback in the National Football League – make sure Colts owner Jim Irsay isn’t around to hear you say it.

Irsay is a big fan of Rivers, the new Colts signal caller, and told the official site as such saying that despite being 38 years old, Rivers is a ‘young’ 38.

“I tell ya, I believe Philip is a young 38,” Irsay said to

“We see guys like Drew Brees now, and Tom Brady, playing and doing great things after 40. It won’t even be until 2021 (in) December when Philip gets 40.

“So I think he is a guy with elite leadership, a great release, and what makes it so good is I feel we have the best offensive line in football, and that’s the thing that takes a long time to build.”

The Colts last season were competitive with Jacoby Brissett as their starter, but Brissett was injured and the team just didn’t do enough late in the season to win enough games to make the postseason.

With Rivers now running the show at the QB spot, Irsay and the team feel that they are ready to compete for the AFC South, and also with no more Tom Brady in the AFC as a whole they feel they can take the entire conference.

Let’s see if Rivers can stay young in 2020 and if Irsay’s hope that youth will rule. If so, the Colts have as good as a shot as anyone in the AFC moving forward.

Colts Ink Former Chargers Franchise Quarterback Philip Rivers

It’s official – the Indianapolis Colts have a quarterback to put them back on the map foe the 2018 season.

Saturday the team put out via an email that the team and the veteran quarterback have come to terms on a deal that paid The Colts have signed veteran free agent Philip Rivers, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection who currently sits sixth in NFL history in both career passing yards (59,271) and touchdowns (397).

“Philip is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in the NFL and we are fortunate to add an experienced player of his caliber to our organization,” Colts general manager Chris Ballard said.

“His familiarity with our coaching staff and offensive system in addition to his experience were attractive qualities during our evaluation process. Philip is a fierce competitor and his veteran leadership will be crucial in the continued development of our young roster.”

Colts and Veteran LT Anthony Castonzo Agree on Two-Year Deal

The Indianapolis Colts might be undecided at the quarterback spot for 2020 and beyond, but one position that the team won’t be looking to figure out is that of the left tackle spot.

That position will be manned for the next couple of seasons barring injury by Anthony Castonzo, who the team came to a deal with on Sunday.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network and reports that Castonzo will return to the Colts on a two-year extension worth $33 million.

Castonzo said he was not interested in going to another team, as he was trying to figure out if he should return to the Colts or retire.

When the vet takes the field for the first time in 2020, it will be for his 10th season, and he’s been a staple on the offensive line for the team during that time.

“We think a lot of Anthony Castonzo,” Colts GM Chris Ballard in January.

“I do think Anthony Castonzo’s playing at a high level still, I think he’s got three or more more years of high-level play at left tackle.”

Check Out the Greatest Plays from the Colts From the 2019 Season

While the season didn’t end with a title, the Colts did have some great moments in 2019 despite their franchise quarterback retiring before the start of the regular season.

Here’s a video from highlighting the best plays of the season for the Colts.

Who Would the Colts Use the Franchise Tag on If Needed in 2020?

USA Today has released an interesting article regarding the ever unpopular (at least for players) ‘Franchise tag’ and how team’s may use it in 2020.

It seems like every team has an option to use the franchise tag, which stops a player from even negotiating with outside teams and forces them to stay put.

To see the entire list of all 32 teams and the players that might be franchised, click HERE.

Here’s what the article has to say about the Colts, who they say may franchise left tackle Anthony Castonzo.

LT Anthony Castonzo would be a justified recipient, but he plans to re-sign with Indianapolis after mulling retirement.

Colts QB Jacoby Brissett Not Sure What the Future Will Bring in Indianapolis

Colts QB Jacoby Brissett doesn’t know his future when it comes to being a member of the club, as there’s been plenty of rumors that Indy is going to be in the market for a new quarterback for 2020.

Brissett took in a little XFL football on Saturday, and via Pro Football Talk he said he doesn’t know what his future will be.

“I’m just doing my job,” Brissett told Diana Russini of ESPN from the sideline of Saturday’s XFL game between the Seattle Dragons and Houston Roughnecks.

There’s no job to currently be done, because the NFL currently is in the midst of one of the only dark periods of the offseason. But, still, his Patriot Way point applies any day of the year. All he can control is what he can control, and he can’t control if the Colts look elsewhere at the position.

Brissett led the Colts to a 5-2 start. He suffered a knee injury against the Steelers, and when he returned he was never quite the same as he’d been prior to the injury.

Colts LT Anthony Castonzo Expected Back in 2020 Says Irsay

During a somewhat impromptu and wide-ranging news conference Sunday afternoon at the Colts practice facility, team owner Jim Irsay strongly hinted the Colts’ nine-year starter at left tackle, Anthony Castonzo, will not retire — a possibility Castonzo suggested at the end of the 2019 season — and will return to the Colts for his 10th season, the Indianapolis Star reports.

“I haven’t talked to Anthony personally, but he’s a Pro Bowl left tackle and we want him to come back,” Irsay said. “I think there’s a strong likelihood that he will, but I think Chris will have more on that in the coming weeks. I’m hopeful.”

Last month, Colts coach Frank Reich called Castonzo one of the best left tackles in football.

“I think he should be in there. I don’t even understand (how Castonzo has never made the Pro Bowl).”