Could Indy Trade For Gerhart?


Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson (24) tackles Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard (33) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts were counting on running back Vick Ballard to be a huge part of their offense this year.  Last year, he led the team in rushing yards and proved to be a much bigger asset than the injury prone Donald Brown or newly acquired Ahmad Bradshaw.  Unfortunately for the Colts, Ballard tore his ACL in game 1 of the regular season this year. This leaves the Colts in an unfavorable position.  They don’t have a reliable option at running back this year.  Then came a tweet from owner and CEO of the Colts.

Dec 30, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart (32) against the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Now, I bet you’re wondering why this post is on a Vikings page.  Well, it just so happens that the Vikings have a starting caliber running back that is in the last year of his contract who will most likely never see the field.  His name is Toby Gerhart. Gerhart will not be content to be continue to sit behind Adrian Peterson when he could have a feature role on his team.  The likelihood of him signing back with the Vikings is very low.  The team would be smart to deal him while they can to get some kind of return on investment for the former 2nd round draft pick back in 2010.

If the Colts don’t call about Gerhart, Minnesota should get in contact with them.  This is a deal that could be a match made in heaven for both organizations.  Let’s see what happens with the running back position in Indianapolis.