Marlon Mack Trade Rumors: Should the division-rival Tennessee Titans be interested?

It's no secret Marlon Mack wants a trade out of Indianapolis, but will the Colts move him before the 4 PM ET trade deadline?

Should the Indianapolis Colts move Marlon Mack before the 2021 NFL trade deadline? After Mack led the Colts’ rushing attack in 2018 and 2019, Indianapolis drafted former Wisconsin star Jonathan Taylor in Round 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft. Mack was still the RB1 that season, but after tearing his Achilles in Week 1, his reign was officially over.

Marlon Mack requested a trade early this season

In September of this year, Mack requested a trade out of Indianapolis. Yet, nothing ever materialized. On October 24, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport stated, “Nothing has piqued their interests enough to pull off a trade.” Rapoport continued, “If the Colts don’t trade Mack, they’ll likely continue to sprinkle him into the offense, as they did two weeks ago when he averaged 9 yards per rush against the Ravens.”

Mack re-signed with the Colts on a one-year contract worth $2 million last offseason. Yet, $1 million of that total came as a signing bonus, meaning a team acquiring Mack would only have to take on what is left of his $1 million base salary in 2021.

On top of his cheap contract, Mack has demonstrated he can lead a backfield. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry en route to 908 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2018. Then, in 2019, he rattled off 1,091 yards and 8 scores on 247 carries. What’s even more impressive is Mack fumbled just once over that two-year span.

Now, the Colts just waived Jordan Wilkins, which may signal that the Colts intend to keep Mack. However, they recently brought RB Darius Jackson up from the practice squad, making that point moot.

Mack’s potential landing spots

Mack is a talented player still worthy of an RB1/2 role. Which teams could pull the trigger on the 25-year-old back before the trade deadline?

Baltimore Ravens

This one seems one of the least likely. The Ravens seem content with Latavius Murray, Devonta Freeman, and Le’Veon Bell leading their backfield. Since Baltimore is flush with RBs, there are even trade rumors surrounding Ty’Son Willliams’ availability.

Nevertheless, Mack could instantly solidify the RB committee and alleviate some pressure off the team’s leading rusher — QB Lamar Jackson. The dual-threat signal-caller currently has 480 rushing yards, 268 more than the next closest rusher on the team (Murray).

Kansas City Chiefs

Darrel Williams has played well in Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s stead. CEH suffered a sprained MCL against the Bills in Week 5. He should be close to returning, but the Chiefs may not want to rush their lead RB back. While Jerick McKinnon had an end-zone pass fired off his head and into a defender’s arms on Monday Night Football, Derrick Gore flashed potential.

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Regardless, Mack is better than all three of Kansas City’s healthy RBs. They just traded for Melvin Ingram, shipping a sixth-rounder to the Steelers. As a result, they may not be keen on trading away further assets, but Mack could be worth it if Edwards-Helaire misses more time.

Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers aren’t ravaged by injuries like many of the teams listed here, but they could still benefit from trading for Mack. Behind dual-threat Austin Ekeler, LA currently has Justin Jackson, Joshua Kelly, and rookie Larry Rountree III. If Ekeler ever missed time (he was sidelined for six games in 2020), are we confident that the trio could reasonably carry the load? I wouldn’t be, so why not send a late-round pick for a quality RB2?

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks’ RB stable is not the most reliable. Chris Carson is out with a neck injury and has missed time the last three weeks. Rashaad Penny is “healthy,” but I put that in quotes for a reason. Alex Collins has been serviceable, but even he has been banged up this year. The way Pete Carroll and Co. love to run the ball, a trade for Mack isn’t out of the question.

Tennessee Titans

This is the landing spot I’m most excited about. Mack has already proven he can be a team’s lead back, and the Titans are in desperate need of one. With Derrick Henry out for likely the rest of the year with a foot injury, the Mack Attack can step in and carry most of the load. Tennessee did sign Adrian Peterson off the street, but he is 36 years old and nowhere near the talent he used to be.

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