2. Mo Alie-Cox
The Colts have three tight ends. Could they be willing to part with Mo Alie-Cox to the Patriots?
This is far from a given, but it’s worth exploring. At the moment, Mo Alie-Cox is injured after being limited against the Cleveland Browns and missing the team’s last game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Plus, Indy has Jack Doyle and Trey Burton ahead of him on the depth chart.
Alie-Cox has proven himself in a big way this season when Doyle and Burton missed time with injuries, but we’re not sure how he’s viewed in the team’s long-term plans. Doyle is under contract through 2022 and while Burton is only signed to a one-year deal, the Colts coaching staff has raved about his potential in this offense.
Does that leave Alie-Cox as the odd man out? The Colts probably don’t have a ton of suitors for an oft-injured Doyle who carries a decent price tag and they might want to re-sign Burton after the year is done. Do they want to have to compete on the restricted free agency market for Alie-Cox?
If not, they can trade the behemoth of a tight end (he’s 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds) and get some value since it’s very well possible another team opts to present him with an offer sheet the Colts don’t want to match. And he’d be a great run-blocking/pass-catching option for the Patriots in Josh McDaniels’ offense. Cam Newton would love having a gigantic target running up the seam.
Across limited playing time in five games, Alie-Cox has hauled in 11 receptions for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Bring the big man to New England! He deserves a full-time role and would seamlessly fit in with this team’s culture given his transition from college basketball and his hard-working attitude.
And remember, the Patriots will have a ton of cap space in the offseason, so keeping him on a multi-year deal wouldn’t be an issue at all.