Once upon a time, the Colts traded Marshall Faulk after four 1,000-yard rushing performances in five seasons. Could history somehow repeat itself?
Stephen Holder, who covers the Colts for ESPN.com, have mentioned the possibility of running back Jonathan Taylor, who was traded by the team.
That would have been unthinkable a year ago, when Taylor entered the year as everyone’s first overall fantasy football pick. And with good reason. He had 1,811 rushing yards and 20 total touchdowns in 2021, his second NDL season.
Last year came the decline, thanks to an ankle injury and dysfunction that engulfed the entire franchise.
Now that owner Jim Irsay admits it No offer has been made for Taylorentering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, Holder won’t rule out a trade.
See you on sports CenterHolder mentioned a comment Taylor made about the running back position earlier this year: “You can see why guys are starting to request trades.”
Of course, a trade doesn’t mean Taylor will get the contract he wants. It is part of the reality of the position. Typically, the bigs get their financial rewards from the teams that they have played well for, as there is a certain amount of fan equity that comes from e.g. 1,811 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns in a single season. In a new city and with a new team, Taylor would be starting from scratch, meaning the new team would have to believe that he is truly ready to deliver several special seasons.
And even if he demands a trade, there’s nothing he can do to force it. Rigging the system against running backs includes one very important factor: Teams know football players desperately want to play football.
Most teams will use that reality against them when and where they can.