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Posted by coltsindianapolis on September 3, 2013 – 4:15 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today traded linebacker Caesar Rayford to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

Rayford was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on May 23, 2013. In the 2013 preseason, he played in four games and totaled 11 tackles (seven solo), 5.0 sacks and two forced fumbles.

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  1. By Mark Gates on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    WHY ,,,,,, not a good move Mr.Griggson

  2. By konare on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    Why? WHY MR GM.Why trade him?

  3. By konare on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    For all . seurious he was better then any LB in Preseason game

  4. By tyrone on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    That’s what I said

  5. By donta king on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    are u serious????

  6. By Tashia on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    I am not happy at all with this move. He was gonna be the difference maker.

  7. By Zac on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    Boooo!!! I was really looking forward to seeing him in Speed Blue and White… Now he’s a Cowgirl! – Colts fan in Salt Lake City who has watched Caesar play for the Blaze since 2010.

  8. By Shawn on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    Ummmmm….Not sure that the draft pick we get will be worth getting rid of this guy!! He is a beast. Maybe Bjoern is further along than we think. Go Colts!!

  9. By bigglenlive on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    being a dual cowboys/colts fan why would colts give him up?

  10. By DeeKay60 on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply


  11. By nesiop on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    You have got to be kidding me… There is a lot of questionable moves that were made this offseason with a large amount of money spent that could hurt down the road but we had some faith in Grigson based on what happened since he arrived in a positive way. But what was the point in this trade? For someone not costing you much at all, in a position we needed some additional strength makes zero sense. ZERO. And sadly we will NEVER get a true reason behind this trade.

  12. By CHRIS on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    I hope it was a high draft pick. Don’t like the trade, but we were crowded at OLB. I like to see the conditions of this trade to see if it was a good trade or not.

  13. By zachary haskamp on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    Is this true? serious news? that has to be the dumbest move I’ve seen the Colts make in years. This guy is incredible. I agree with a previous post, he doesn’t cost much to have on the roster and brings a huge boost to the defense. IDK. If it has better reasoning other than to replace the conditional draft selection that was traded to the 49ers, that may be worth hearing, otherwise trading this guy at all to any team just to regain “draft position”, is stupid. Sorry but I think this guy has great potential for the long-run.

  14. By Kris Kerby on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    DUMB MOVE!! This guy was AWESOME. He gave the defense excellent depth, and was not an expensive player!! Was that a first round pick we got? 2nd? He was the guy who was going to put our defense over the top and into respectability……..DUMB MOVE Griggson!

  15. By james thomas on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    outrages! get him back jerk!

  16. By lara croft: tomb raider on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    after reading comments on here, im happy with the trade for my cowboys.

  17. By Kado on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    This is why the colts Defense never gets any better! That’s a disgusting trade

  18. By mike fisher on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    As I’ve often said we’re not the pro’s of our teams upper echelon but I REALLY have to question this move!! For a conditional draft pick?? Maybe there’s something amiss we’re not aware of but what I saw of Rayford was very enjoyable, hope Werner is up to the task!!! IDK….

  19. By Jim on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    Hard to understand this one, he was the best one out there during preseason, what are you guys thinking, and what round was the draft choice?

  20. By Roach on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    SAY ITS NOT SO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. By @adrich1 on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    to every other commenter – i liked Rayford too BUT getting value back for a 27 year who had NEVER been give a tryout in the NFL and they just found in the Arena Football League is a great move by GM Grigson…

    That + getting Cam Johnson from the 49ers for a 7th rounder was also a great move. Cam Johnson was developed by the 49ers (they have a good defense, no?) and he fits the system better. Matt Miller (@nfldrafscout) had a 2nd round grade on him last year but dropped because of some health issues.

    Love the trade for Cam, was a bit sad Ceasar was let go but it’s still a great move but Grigs. Good day.

  23. By Herbie1981 on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    Stupid, conditional is nothing and this guy can produce now. Guess they did not want him to outplay the #1 pick.

  24. By ritchie on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply


  25. By Kevin on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    Might as well get rid of him now. He was excelling against 2nd and 3rd stringers. Who knows what he would do against the first strings.

  26. By BIGHOMIE on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you colts, we appreciate it. He will make a very BIG difference in our defense.

  27. By Rich Costa on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    I’ve been a Colts fan for 45 years, and I’ve never scratched my head as much as I have this pre-season trying to figure out some of the moves that were made. How can we trade Caesar Rayford?? They’re kidding, right? I watched every play this pre-season, but apparently our GM did not. Why did they bother playing him in the pre-season? He couldn’t have done any more than what he did. What more were they looking for him to do? He was tremendous and was a game-changer.

    Also, how didn’t Kerwynn Williams make the 53-man roster? Now it’s possible we can lose him to free agency being on the practice squad. Every time we get a speedy back with some talent we do our best to try to get rid of him. He too can be a game-changer. Let’s hope he doesn’t sign with another team. And how can we have cut Drake Nevis? Is Aubrayo Franklin our future at age 33? Thank God they had the sense to keep Josh Chapman.

  28. By Chris Stavreti on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with all these other comments. Not a good move at all. This guy went out onto that field and busted his butt every step of the way, I was glad to see him make the final cut but am now very disappointed that he was traded.

  29. By Chris Stavreti on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    You mean to tell me that you traded a potentially talented player to the Dallas Cowboys for a lousy conditional pick? And You couldn’t of taken 2 linebackers that have been on the injured reserve list for 2 straight seasons and simply cut them?

  30. By Andy on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    Do u not have faith in the GM?!?!?! Look what he has done with this team in just two years!

  31. By David on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    Calm down everyone. I watched him all preseason. He seemed slow and a little awkward. My first thought was that the Pacers could use him.His sacks were against 3rd stringers. Good luck to him.

  32. By Andy on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    Thank You! @david

  33. By Tucker on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    I’m sorry to see Caesar go. I fell in love with his hustle this preseason, but hey, Grigs knows better than I do. I hope Caesar makes good contributions to the Cowboys, and that we get a better than 6th/7th round pick.

  34. By bob on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    thanks colts gm great move awsome love it

  35. By bob on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    gonna look awsome with that star on side his helmet go cowboys loving the trade

  36. By Frank T on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    Another blow to the defensive coordinators face.
    Stupid, stupid, stupid

  37. By Marcus on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    Was great against 3rd string OL. Was slow seemed lost when in coverage situations. More to a position than just trying to get to the QB.

  38. By Ryan M on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    You people have got to be kidding. Rayford did good against a bunch of guys that are looking for a job today. We got a draft pick out of a FA, I think the GM has made a great move. It is funny how blinded everyone seems to be by pre-season play.

  39. By Colt Daddy on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    What “conditional” draft pick? If a 2nd or 3rd rounder, then maybe, but why trade this guy away when he was looking impressive. Can’t we use some depth here? Stupid.

  40. By Tim on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    This seems like a good move since we are stacked at the l.b. position. He did play well against 2nd and 3rd stringers so getting value out of a free agent who has not shown he can play with the starters is a good move. I was a first disappointed when I read the news about the trade, but on further review, like it

  41. By Michael on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t know if this was good or not just that it was not a deal breaker unless we can find someone to cut. We have 4 TE’s and I think that is good and 4 OLB 5 ILB (so he would make 10 linebackers on the team) and 5 Safety’s who do we drop? We just got this kid from San Fran and don’t know anything about how he plays or what he can do. Rayford showed good vs the 2’s and 3’s but what did he do in OTA’s and camp? Unless he becomes a real stud in Dallas (in the 4-3 that he is better suited to) This was a draft pick for a good camp body nothing more.And I doubt he would have made it to he practice squad if we waved him if teams were willing to trade for him.

  42. By KAT the Colts Fan on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    Say it ain’t so! Call “Do Over” before it’s too late!

  43. By colts fan for life on Sep 5, 2013 | Reply

    What a huge mistake we finally had a bright spot on defence and we trade him the guy had arms like Kevin McHale and speed and moves like Freeney Poor Luck is going to have to score 35 a game like Peyton had to


  44. By coltsfan126408 on Sep 5, 2013 | Reply

    a conditional pick is how many and how well he plays, he plays the more the better the pick, his sacks were against 2nd and 3rd teamers, was gonna be hard for him to get on the field here, now if he goes to dallas and lights it up the better pick we get, its a win, win if he gets to play more better for him and us !!!!

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