NFL rumors: Colts signed the perfect QB to back-up Lamar Jackson
The Indianapolis Colts are in desperate need of a quarterback, and they’ve brought in an option who knows coach Shane Steichen’s offense well.
The Indianapolis Colts have a quarterback conundrum on their hands. They watched the Carolina Panthers move to first place in the NFL Draft, ahead of the Houston Texans.
Given that, the top two prospects would disappear with the first two picks, leaving Indianapolis with the third-best pick. Not to mention the best options are gone in free agency.
There is one move they could do – trade Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, but it is not known if the Colts would seriously consider it and give him a huge contract.
But on Thursday, the Colts made an addition to the quarter depth chart.
According to NFL Network insider Tom Bellisero, the Colts have agreed to terms with former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Gardner Minchu on a one-year, $3.5 million contract.
The Colts bring in Gardner Mincio to fill their quarterback need
Minshew was a clear fit for Indianapolis, having spent the past two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. His offensive coordinator was none other than current Colts head coach Shane Station. Therefore, he has an understanding of his crime.
In the past two seasons, Minshew has received games on the Eagles in place of Jalen Hurts due to injury. In 2021, Minshew threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns in the team’s 33-18 victory over the New York Jets in Week 13 of that year. Then, in 2022, he started in Weeks 16 and 17 against the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints, respectively.
Minshew completed 42-of-72 pass attempts for 629 yards, three touchdown attempts and three interceptions in the aforementioned 2022 start.
As of now, Minshew is the QB1 for the Colts, as they have released Matt Ryan from his contract. If Indianapolis drafts one of their four best quarterbacks, Mincio could realistically be their starting starter as early as the 2023 season. As for fans wondering if they’ll move to Jackson, it’s not really known if they will, considering he’s It would cost two first rounds and an almost all but guaranteed contract to get from the Crows.