The Indianapolis Colts are after a wide receiver, or at the very least, owner Jim Irsay is after a wide receiver. It's unclear how Irsay is pursuing said wide receiver, but if his Twitter account is anything go by, the pursuit may be worthy of a three-part cinema epic.
Alternatively, Jim Irsay is probably just being Jim Irsay.
With the unrestricted free agent pool all-but dried up (Darrius Heyward-Bey and Julian Edelman are the top remaining receivers, which should speak for itself), it's likely Irsay is looking at making a big trade or landing a restricted free agent, something of a rarity in the NFL.
Now, before we take a look at who Irsay might be after, we'll get you some very important Tweets from the man himself. Very important.
Everyone stand buy,pour strong drink...do ur voodoo,Colts need the strength of it's nation to get this wopper in the boat! DO U UNDERSTAND!?— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) March 17, 2013
Of course we understand, how could we not?
I'm looking for Walter,he has The Ringer...the whites...the undies...lotta ins and outs to this thing...THIS IS A LEAGUE GAME,SMOKEY!!!!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) March 17, 2013
Let's go with "yes."
We r still in fight for WR n others...we've landed everyone we've targeted...my gut feeling--- we're not through..it's hour to hour-EXCITING— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) March 17, 2013
At the very least, this last Tweet is decipherable. Irsay is pretty confident at this point, noting that the team has landed everyone that it has been after this offseason. Recent signings include offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus, defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois and safety LaRon Landry.
But the fun and games aside, who could this "whopper" (or more accurately: "wopper") wide receiver be? As far as restricted free agents goes, there's always Victor Cruz of the New York Giants. He's one of the top receivers who is technically on the market, but Irsay himself has debunked those particular rumors.
Emmanuel Sanders is another restricted free agent but he doesn't really qualify as a "whopper," does he? The Philadelphia Eagles do spring to mind as a potential trade partner, given the talent in Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson. There's not much to indicate that the Eagles might be interested in dealing one of their wide receivers, but given their struggles of late, they could be entering a rebuilding period and might part with one of them.
Then there's a team like the Seattle Seahawks, who just traded for Percy Harvin and gave him a big contract. They have Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate to work with. Of those, Rice might be the only one approaching "whopper" status, but Irsay's middle name might as well be "Hyperbole" at this point, regardless.
But given that all of this seems to be coming out of left field, it's hard to really determine who they could be after. Do we just list every big name wide receiver in the league and assume that Irsay is after him? Or will we all be underwhelmed in the end when the Colts end up trading for Davone Bess? What do you think?