A massive trade proposal has the Indianapolis Colts sending star running back Jonathan Taylor to one of the established AFC powerhouses.
As reported by NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport over the weekend, Taylor requested a trade from the Colts following a meeting with owner Jim Irsay. Taylor, entering the final season of his rookie contract, had hoped for an extension.
“The Bills are in a different position than the Colts, of course. Indy is at the front end of a rebuild and wants to maintain financial flexibility. The Bills should be willing to spend top dollar to put a ring on Josh Allen’s finger. Buffalo’s title window is wide open and Taylor absolutely helps toward that goal.
Now more than ever, teams are uncomfortable projecting long-term value with running backs. That said, Taylor is 24 years old. He ran for 1,811 yards in his last healthy season and he has a career average of 5.1 yards per carry. Buffalo would suddenly have one of the most dynamic run games in the NFL, with Josh Allen also frequently legging out big gains on the ground. Taylor dominating early downs while Allen tees it up to Stefon Diggs and Dawson Knox on later downs is a recipe for success.”
Buffalo could certainly use a running back of Taylor’s caliber. The AFC East club hasn’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since the 2017 season, when perennial Pro Bowler LeSean McCoy carried the offense with 1,138 rushing yards.
Devin Singletary led Buffalo with 819 rushing yards last season, but he signed with the Houston Texans earlier this offseason. With Buffalo seemingly wanting to cut back on the carries of dual-threat QB Josh Allen, adding a player like Taylor could help take this offense to another level.
After surpassing 1,000 yards rushing in 2020, Taylor led the NFL in both yards on the ground (1,811) and rushing touchdowns (18). Despite missing six games last year, Taylor still tallied 861 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.
Through his first three NFL seasons, Taylor has 3,841 rushing yards and 33 rushing touchdowns.
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