Colts trade preseason standout to Dallas

INDIANAPOLIS -- Linebacker Caesar Rayford went from being a player that couldn’t get an invite to an NFL training camp, to being a 27-year-old rookie in the Indianapolis Colts’ camp, to beating the odds and making the 53-man roster, to now being traded.

The Colts traded Rayford to the Dallas Cowboys for a conditional draft pick in 2015 on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Todd Archer.

Rayford was the Colts’ most effective pass-rusher in the preseason, leading them with a team-high five sacks to go with two forced fumbles.

His value to the Colts decreased when the team acquired linebacker Cam Johnson from San Francisco on Monday. Trading Rayford allows Johnson the opportunity to get more reps in practice and potentially help a defense that could use some pass-rush assistance.

Players usually don’t like to be traded, but in this situation Rayford should feel good because his preseason performance proved to teams that he could play in the NFL.

That’s not too bad for a player who spent time in the Arena and Canadian Football League and couldn’t get NFL teams to invite him to training camp until this summer.