9 hypothetical trades for Colts running back Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor’s future with the Indianapolis Colts is currently uncertain. If Taylor is traded, here’s a look at hypothetical packages from possible teams.
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4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs receive: RB Jonathan Taylor
Colts receive: WR Mike Evans

This is another shot in the dark, but I would not rule it out. Tampa Bay chose not to extend Mike Evans’ contract at his self-imposed deadline. Evans does want to finish his career as a Buc but you have to think he might be intrigued with the possibility of playing with Anthony Richardson and trying to build something in Indianapolis.

The Colts will have the cap space to sign him to a multi-year contract before they must pay Richardson if he works out. For Tampa, it gives them some value for Evans instead of him just walking in 2024 into free agency. It also gives them a piece for the future, especially if Baker Mayfield is not the answer, they can draft a QB in 2024, where the draft class is loaded with talent at that position and begin the true rebuild with a pillar at a skill position.

3. Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs receive: RB Jonathan Taylor
Colts receive: WR Rashee Rice, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire

If the Chiefs want to get a deal done for Taylor, they will have to do it with players on their roster as they have minimal draft capital in 2024. Do the Chiefs really need Jonathan Taylor? No, they do not. But would it make them that much more dangerous than they already are? Absolutely. Isiah Pacheco has proven to be a very capable starting running back but if you want to stay a contender you have to have depth at all positions.

For Indianapolis, they get a new young wide receiver on a rookie contract and a running back with something to prove. CEH lost his starting job last season to Pacheco due to injury and lack of performance. He has talent and a change of scenery could help him blossom back to a starting-caliber running back.