Wednesday, October 4

Jonathan Taylor, the RB, is given the green light by the Colts to pursue a trade.

Adam Schefter provides an explanation of the compensation package that the Colts will be considering for Jonathan Taylor. (1:05)

ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed on Monday that the Indianapolis Colts have given permission to trade Jonathan Taylor, an all-pro running back for the team.

The Colts are reportedly looking to make a significant trade with the team for Taylor, according to separate sources. The team is seeking if they can secure ONE pick out of primarily the first round or multiple picks.

Despite no offers being made as of Monday evening, teams are still considering a deal for Taylor, the 2021 NFL rushing champion. Additionally, interested teams will need to determine whether they are willing to sign him on the contract extension he is seeking.

The individuals involved in the dispute are attempting to resolve their three-week standoff that began when Taylor arrived at training camp on July 25. Taylor, who is entering the last year of his rookie contract, has been actively seeking a long-term contract extension. However, the Colts have not indicated whether they will accept this offer, which has raised concerns about him potentially receiving the franchise tag before spring break. According to ESPN, owner Jim Irsay confirmed that no contract had been offered to Taylor and that made Taylor aggravating.

After failing his pre-camp physical and being placed on the physically unable to perform list, Taylor, 24, complained of problems related to his surgically repaired right ankle upon arriving for camp. He has not played since being put on injured reserve with the Colts in December.

The Colts’ relationship has changed in the past few weeks, with events like Irsay’s response to a tweet from Taylor and rumors of overlapping. Additionally, Taylor has left training camp twice due to ongoing therapy on his right ankle and another personal issue.

On the day he reported to camp, Taylor requested a trade but Irsay publicly rejected the idea on July 29. However, the notion of completing the trade was never actually discussed at Colts headquarters. Taylor never withdrew his trade request, hoping that the team would reconsider.

Christian McCaffrey, a highly regarded running back, was traded from the Carolina Panthers to the San Francisco 49ers for second-, third- and fourth-round picks in 2023 and as runner-up in 2020.

Since joining the league in 2020, Taylor has already recorded 3,841 yards of total offense. His Colts franchise record is set with his 1,811 rushing yards in 2021 and 18 carries that season.

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