3 Colts that should be untouchable in trade talks
Jonathan Taylor should be untouchable for Colts
This should go without saying, but Jonathan Taylor’s name shouldn’t even be mentioned in trade discussions. No matter how much the league tries to devalue the running back position, Taylor’s importance is obvious.
Indianapolis finished with the ninth-highest scoring offense in the NFL with 26.5 points a game. That’s one spot behind the two teams that competed in the Super Bowl.
For a portion of the season, Indy’s offense was top-five in the league. The primary reason was Jonathan Taylor and the Colts run game.
Indy isn’t loaded with receivers and Carson Wentz is a quarterback that the team is trying to move on from. In other words, Jonathan Taylor and the offensive line was putting the offense on their backs and winning majority of the time.
Taylor eclipsed 100 rushing yards 10 times last season, Indy was 9-1 in those games. The one loss was on a last second field goal to the Las Vegas Raiders.
Taylor is only 22 years old and just finished his second season in the NFL. He’s one of the brightest stars in the league and contains all the promise of the Colts’ future.
Trading away Jonathan Taylor would essentially be trading away Indy’s future. The only way a trade for Taylor would make sense is if it had the same outcome as the famous Herschel Walker trade.
Herschel Walker was a star running back when the Dallas Cowboys traded him to the Minnesota Vikings. The haul Dallas got in the trade turned into the three Super Bowls they won in the 1990s.
It’s unlikely the Colts will have a similar fortune so it’s best if Taylor, along with Leonard and Nelson stay in Indianapolis. If Indy wins a Super Bowl in the next decade, it will be with those players on the roster.