Colts owner Jim Irsay made it clear they weren’t going to trade Jonathan Taylor, but it appears his mind has changed.
The running back was granted permission to seek a trade out of Indianapolis, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday night, adding “several GMs and talent evaluators were informed earlier today that Taylor is available.”
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Taylor and the Colts have been at odds over his contract situation. The 24-year-old wants a long-term contract but a deal was never reached. Taylor was away from the team during training camp but returned last week. He asked for a trade earlier this summer, but that never happened.
Offseason ankle surgery has kept Taylor from participating in training camp and landed him on the physically unable to perform list. He was expected to resume team activities once he was fully healthy, but now it’s up in the air if Taylor will even suit up for the Colts again.
Rapoport noted that trading for Taylor “won’t be cheap,” but that there are teams interested in his services. Taylor has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in two of his three NFL seasons. His best season came in 2021 when he rushed for 1,811 yards and scored 18 touchdowns.
ESPN’s Stephen Holder reported the Colts are seeking a first-round or “a package of picks that equates to as much.”
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Former Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty recently questioned what Ezekiel Elliott’s signing in New England would mean for the running back market. Elliott — who signed a one-year deal with the Patriots — isn’t in his prime like Taylor is, but long-term contracts for running backs aren’t as common as they used to be.