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Indianapolis Colts Refuse To Trade Jonathan Taylor

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Jonathan Taylor was not traded by the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday because they were unable to locate what they believed to be a fair price for their All-Pro running back, according to sources who spoke to ESPN.

Taylor remains on the physically unable-to-perform list and is therefore ineligible to participate in at least the first four games of the season after there was no trade on Tuesday.

At the very least, Taylor will sit out the games against the Los Angeles Rams, Houston Texans, and Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Colts’ next best chance to trade Taylor might come before the NFL trade deadline on October 31.

If no deal has been reached by then, the Colts may decide to franchise Taylor and try to move him once more the following summer.

Taylor and his counsel were given permission by the Colts last week to contact other teams in an effort to find a trade partner, which is an unusual method of player shopping. The NFL’s deadline for teams to reduce rosters from 90 to 53 players coincided with the team’s deadline of 4 p.m. on Tuesday for a deal to be completed.

Taylor had been placed on the active/physically unable to perform list up to this point, therefore the Colts also had a deadline to decide on his roster status. Taylor has been sidelined since having ankle surgery and has not participated in preseason practices or games.

Taylor and Indianapolis are at odds since the organization decided not to extend Taylor’s contract in May as he entered the final year of his rookie deal. Prior to experiencing many ankle problems last season, Taylor, who had more than 1,800 yards of rushing yards in 2021, was the NFL’s leading rusher.

Taylor anticipated getting the same treatment after witnessing teammates Quenton Nelson and Shaquille Leonard obtain extensions despite still having a full season left on their rookie contracts.

But as Taylor watched the financial environment for top running backs like Josh Jacobs and Saquon Barkley, and as it became clear the team was not interested in changing its position, he started to dig in.

As training camp started, questions regarding Taylor’s contract were directed to general manager Chris Ballard. When it comes time to make such decisions, he said, “We’ll do that.”

Later on that day, Taylor hushedly made a trade request. The Miami Dolphins were among the clubs that were most interested in Taylor, but the Colts’ asking price—they originally wanted a first-round pick—proved to be too much for the rest of the league.

In Taylor’s absence, the Colts’ running back group comprises rookie Evan Hull, veterans Zack Moss and Deon Jackson. Moss has never run for more than 481 yards in a single season; he is still healing from a broken arm he sustained during training camp. 236 rushing yards is Jackson’s career high, which he achieved last year.

On Sunday, the Colts released a number of players at the positions, including veteran Kenyan Drake.

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