The relationship between the Indianapolis Colts and Jonathan Taylor has been taking on water for quite some time. Things have gone from bad to worse as the boat they shared for three years has seemingly capsized.
Colts have given All-Pro RB Jonathan Taylor permission to seek a trade, per league sources. Other teams now are weighing whether to make an offer to the Colts and what would be fair value. pic.twitter.com/AT7GgJGLAQ— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 21, 2023
As recently as Saturday night during the broadcast of the Colts’ second preseason game, owner Jim Irsay presented a prodigal son view of the situation and remained hopeful that Chris Ballard would “get the waters calm”. One way to calm the waters is to shut off the engine and dock the boat. That is exactly what Ballard did by allowing Taylor to seek a trade.
Taylor can ask for, seek, and demand a trade all he wants, but the Colts only have to be so accommodating. The Colts won’t be willing to let someone as talented as Taylor walk for nothing. They will cast a wide net in search of a big haul.
Source: The Colts are seeking a first-round pick -- or package of picks that equates to as much -- in a potential Jonathan Taylor trade.— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) August 21, 2023
The market price for a running back in today’s NFL landscape appears to be quite low. Couple that with the fact that Taylor is currently on PUP nursing an ankle injury from eight months ago and wants a lucrative contract, the trade requests for his services will not be overly copious. Some teams will invariably explore their options, but the All-Pro might just find himself treading water while looking for a team that will meet his demands.
At this point, both parties will be best suited to move on without each other as the situation is getting as messy as an oil spill. It is at a point where the cleanup is just impossible. The damage has been done. If Jonathan Taylor does suit up for the Colts this season, he can bet he will get as icy a reception from the fans as he provided the team during training camp, and we all know the damage ice can cause.