Colts are fielding a lot of calls as they set deadline for Jonathan Taylor trade

Several teams have already reached out to the Indianapolis Colts to express interest in trading for veteran running back Jonathan Taylor.
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If anyone thought there wouldn’t be a market for running back Jonathan Taylor, they were sadly mistaken. Since the Indianapolis Colts granted Taylor permission to seek a trade, Indy has reportedly received several calls from teams, expressing their interest in Taylor.

On Wednesday, it was reported that six teams had reached out to the Colts, and two of those teams had already made offers. So now that it’s clear that the interest is there, it’s just a matter of working out the compensation and seeing if Indy can come to an agreement with any team. Indianapolis has reportedly set a deadline of Tuesday, August 29, for Taylor to find a suitable trade.

Colts set Tuesday deadline for Jonathan Taylor trade

Tuesday is an important day on the NFL calendar for several reasons. For starters, it’s cut day. All 32 teams must get their rosters down to just 53 players. Obviously, Indianapolis needs to know if Taylor will be on the 53-man roster or not.

Beyond that, Tuesday is also when teams must make PUP decisions. If players are ready to be activated off the PUP list, they will be added to the 53-man roster. However, if they’re not ready to be activated off the PUP list, then they just remain on PUP for at least the first four weeks of the season. These are the things Indy has to think about if Taylor is still on the roster Tuesday.

What isn’t clear, however, is what the Colts will do if Taylor is still with the team as this deadline approaches. Will they just keep Taylor and try to make it through the season as the relationship between the two continues to deteriorate or will they just accept the best offer that’s on the table? It’s not clear, but it’s hard to imagine Taylor and Indy going back to normal without a new contract. Whatever happens will be revealed in the coming days.