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Colts don’t trade Jonathan Taylor; RB remains on PUP list

The Indianapolis Colts chose not to trade Jonathan Taylor on Tuesday as they did not receive what they deemed a suitable offer for their star running back, sources have informed ESPN.

Given the absence of a trade agreement on Tuesday, Taylor remains on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, rendering him ineligible to participate in the initial four games of the season. This means that Taylor will be sidelined for matchups against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Houston Texans, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Los Angeles Rams. The Colts’ next potential window for trading Taylor could be prior to the NFL’s trade deadline on October 31.

Should no trade occur by that date, the Colts could resort to employing the franchise tag on Taylor and exploring trade options again during the next offseason.

Last week, the Colts granted Taylor and his representatives the green light to engage with other teams in a bid to identify potential trade partners. This approach marked an unconventional method of shopping a player. The Colts stipulated a deadline of 4 p.m. Tuesday for a deal to materialize, aligning with the NFL’s deadline for teams to trim their rosters from 90 to 53 players.

This deadline also prompted the Colts to decide Taylor’s roster status, as he had been placed on the active/physically unable to perform list until now. Taylor’s participation in practice or preseason games has been absent due to his recovery from ankle surgery.

The impasse involving Taylor and the Colts harks back to May when the team chose not to extend his contract as he entered the final year of his rookie deal. Taylor had led the NFL in rushing in 2021 with an impressive tally of over 1,800 yards. However, he encountered ankle setbacks during the last season. Anticipating treatment similar to that received by teammates Shaquille Leonard and Quenton Nelson, who secured extensions while having a full season left on their rookie contracts, Taylor expressed disappointment when the team declined to reconsider its position.

When it became evident that the team was not inclined to alter its stance, and as Taylor observed the financial dynamics for elite running backs like Josh Jacobs and Saquon Barkley, he opted to stand firm.

General Manager Chris Ballard commented on Taylor’s contract as training camp commenced, stating, “We’ll make those decisions when we need to make those decisions.” Subsequently, Taylor quietly requested a trade on the same day. The Miami Dolphins had exhibited keen interest in Taylor, but the Colts’ initial compensation requests, which included a first-round pick, deterred other teams in the league.

In Taylor’s absence, the Colts’ running back unit comprises veterans Zack Moss and Deon Jackson, alongside rookie Evan Hull. Moss, currently recovering from a training camp-related arm fracture, has not surpassed 481 rushing yards in any single season. Jackson’s highest rushing yardage in a season was achieved last year, amounting to 236 yards. Over the weekend, the Colts released veteran Kenyan Drake and various other players in the same position group.

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