Two NFL seasons ago, Jonathan Taylor was rushing for over 1,800 yards - highest in the NFL that season and an Indianapolis Colts franchise record. Fast forward to today, and he has become the next major ripple in the failing marriage between the NFL and running backs.
Over the weekend, Taylor requested to be traded from the Colts prior to next season.
The demand comes after an offseason filled with running backs not receiving long term second contracts. Saquon Barkley and Josh Jacobs rose to the height of the drama across the league after avoiding signing the franchise tag to stay with their organizations. Since, Barkley and the Giants agreed to a one-year extension, and Josh Jacobs is on record saying he will not play until he gets paid.
Jonathan Taylor is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is most likely heading towards a similar battle next offseason. After not being offered an extension to stay with the Colts after his rookie contract, JT officially requested a trade. JT's efforts may be for not, as Jim Irsay quickly responded to the request by shutting it down.
Things have already gotten messy in Indy, but this situation still has potential to blossom to the next level. Reports are saying that the Colts are contemplating placing JT on the Non-Football Injury list (NFI) due to a back injury he suffered away from the team. Taylor went public saying the information is false and there was no back injury.
We are a little over a month away from the Sept. 7 kickoff to the 2023-2024 NFL season. The time for moves to be made is dwindling, and Taylor adds to the list of questions with no answers for running backs in the NFL. Brandon and I dive into the Jonathan Taylor saga in more depth today on In The Zone. Tune in to 96.9 The Game at 3 p.m. for plenty of NFL talk.