I don't think we would get anything in a trade for him at his salary. Not really good enough to be your plan A and his contract is too big to be a backup.
He would have to be released or we would just have to eat the cost and let him be our backup. But in terms of roster spots we would I think be drafting a guy to learn behind Rivers and Kelly is there as well. At least one would have to go.
For the record I doubt we sign Rivers. He moved his family to Florida right after the season ended. I have to think there is a reason for that. Why move just to move again a few months later?
I think the trade market for JB would be tough. I don't see a team trading for him to be a starter and $13 is too much to pay a back up QB.
If the Colts had to pay the $7M 2020 roster bonus (due on 3/22/20) before trading him then maybe it's easier to trade him as a backup with a $6M base salary. But at that point maybe it's better to keep him as our own $6M backup and cut Hoyer (Hoyer has no 2020 cap impact).
Four verts is also an air raid staple though — maybe only trailing mesh and WR screens. If that stat is accurate, it’s probably an indication that Gordon has some arm strength issues or struggles with deep ball placement.
My biggest question with Gordon — or Hurts, or really any of the third round or later round QB prospects— is if he’s a better long-term prospect than Chad Kelly. In Gordon’s case, He’s a 5th year senior, only has one year starting experience in the PAC 12, and has some size/arm talent questions. I like the release and production but nothing else about that resume really stands out. He had a good Senior Bowl game but mediocre week of practice.
I’m not a Kelly truther but he’s still just 25, had two years starting experience in the SEC, a couple of years of NFL roster experience, and by all indications has a good enough arm by NFL standards. I think it’s pretty clear that Kelly’s likely the minimum threshold that a QB prospect will have to clear to be considered draftable by the Colts.