Jonathan Taylor’s relationship with the Indianapolis Colts has been publicly deteriorating since Jim Irsay made comments about how running backs are compensated in the NFL. Pair that with the fact that the Colts haven’t been interested in giving him an extension, and you have a recipe for pissing off one of the top backs in the league.
After a meeting with Irsay, Taylor formally requested a trade, which Irsay and the Colts quickly denied.
After some more weird events, like the Colts claiming Taylor injured himself back while working out this summer, a claim JT refutes, things have only gotten worse. We are finally at a point where the Colts blinked first and are giving Taylor an opportunity to seek a trade. Whether or not that trade could actually happen, remains to be seen.
ESPN’s Mina Kimes gave her thoughts on the situation.
What Is the Best Landing Spot for Jonathan Taylor?
Mina Kimes is one of the best minds in all of NFL media. She consistently puts out great content as an NFL analyst and is a part of their daily NFL show, NFL Live. When she has input about certain situations, like the Jonathan Taylor trade situation, people tend to listen.
On a recent episode of her podcast, The Mina Kimes Show featuring Lenny, she had Mike Golic Jr. on and they were discussing JT and his trade prospects around the NFL. While talking to Golic Jr., she talked about what the best landing spot would be for the former Wisconsin football star.
In her opinion, the best landing spot, the one that makes the most sense for Jonathan Taylor is the Indianapolis Colts.
Yes, she thinks the situation that makes the most sense is that the Colts don’t trade Taylor at all. While it might not make him happy after requesting a trade, the goal was to get a second contract, something a lot of backs don’t really get.
She makes a few good points in her argument. There are some reasons a trade to another team could be unlikely. Teams would have to give up premium draft capital to acquire Taylor. On top of that, because he is in the final year of his contract, they would have no choice but to extend him. You aren’t going to give up that much for a one-year rental.
On the Colts’ side of things, they have a young team right now. They aren’t expecting to win a whole lot of games. They have a rookie quarterback in Anthony Richardson. If they want him to develop, they will need to surround him with some talent. Taylor’s presence will only help the rookie.
Because they have a rookie starting quarterback, they have a decent amount of cap in the near future. That cap should allow them to give Taylor an extension, assuming they can work something out. Kimes references the deal the Titans gave Derrick Henry where he essentially got a two-year deal and that the Colts could do something like that with Taylor. That deal is probably better than something he’d get in the open market, if recent running back deals are any indication.
There are a lot of things working against a trade becoming a reality. He may not like it, but JT may just end up staying in Indy.
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