General manager Chris Ballard has engineered an ideal rebuild in Indianapolis, with equal parts good drafting and responsible spending in free agency. Looking to 2021, via Over The Cap, the Colts have the third-most cap space in the league ($76.75 million).
The Colts placed themselves in win-now mode for 2020 by signing Philip Rivers to a one-year deal. Backup Jacoby Brissett is headed for free agency himself in the offseason. So that leaves rookie Jacob Eason as the only quarterback currently on the roster who’s under contract for next year.
The Colts will be able to go any direction they want for a quarterback during the offseason. A run at Dak Prescott in free agency or a trade for someone like Matt Ryan are a couple prominent options.
The Colts are in position to take on Stafford’s contract and stay in a win-now window as they seek a new starting quarterback. If they feel Eason can be the guy for the future, they’d be theoretically set up there. That faith in Eason would also allow for an aggressive move, perhaps with only 2021 in mind. Skeptics might say “Why Stafford?” but I say, “Why not?”