The Indianapolis Colts placing Jonathan Taylor on the reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list at the Aug. 29 roster cutdown because of the surgically repaired right ankle he injured last season put a pause on the drama that unfolded between the parties during the preseason. By going on reserve/PUP, Taylor was required to miss a minimum of four games.
Taylor, who is in the final year of his four-year rookie contract, had become increasingly frustrated with the Colts’ unwillingness to have discussions about a new deal. He is making $4.304 million this season on a $5,126,922 salary cap number.
The All-Pro running back’s relationship with the Colts deteriorated after training camp opened in late July. The impetus for the deterioration was Colts owner Jim Irsay igniting a social media feud with his comments about running backs on X (formerly known as Twitter) during the early part of the preseason. He characterized running backs wanting changes to be made to the NFL because of being underpaid as bad faith.
Malki Kawa, Taylor’s agent, quickly responded on X by charging that Irsay was operating in bad faith by not paying his top offensive player. A trade was requested after Kawa characterized the relationship between Taylor and the Colts as beyond repair.
Irsay was initially adamant about not trading Taylor. He eventually relented by granting Taylor’s camp a short window of permission to seek a trade prior to the roster cutdown. The Colts wanting the equivalent of a first-round pick in return ensured that Taylor wouldn’t be dealt.
Taylor is now eligible to come off PUP. He has reportedly recovered from the ankle injury. The Colts opened a 21-day practice period for Taylor on Wednesday. Colts head coach Shane Steichen hasn’t ruled out Taylor playing in Week 5’s contest against the Titans on Sunday, Oct. 8.
What to expect next
The expectation is Taylor will be activated to the 53-man roster…
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Author : Joel Corry
Publish date : 2023-10-04 17:16:54
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