Another decision day is approaching for the Jonathan Taylor saga with the Indianapolis Colts. The first decision day was a self-imposed trade deadline on NFL cut day. Indy didn’t receive a package that they were comfortable moving Taylor for, so they opted to keep him, but placed him on the PUP list, sidelining him for the first four weeks of the season.
Well, Week 4 is here, which makes Monday decision day. That’s when Taylor will be eligible to be activated off the PUP list. It has already been reported that Jonathan Taylor is healthy, and he has even posted footage to social media of him working out, preparing for his return. So it seems like he’ll definitely be activated come Monday.
However, everyone’s confused on what comes next. By all accounts, Taylor still wants to be traded and wants a new contract, but the Colts’ stance hasn’t changed either; they want to keep him, but they aren’t interested in giving him an extension at this moment. So will the Colts re-engage in trade discussions or will they add him back to the roster and play him?
Will Colts trade Jonathan Taylor or keep him?
ESPN’s NFL reporters Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano recently had this discussion and they couldn’t come to a consensus. Graziano argued that Taylor will be traded before the October 31 trade deadline, and said that the Cleveland Browns may be more interested than people think.
Fowler, on the other hand, believes Taylor will stay in Indianapolis with the Colts, mainly because he doesn’t think any team will be willing to give Indy the kind of trade package that it will take to acquire Taylor. Fowler agreed with Graziano that Cleveland made sense, but said the Browns may just be willing to stick with Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt. The same was said for the Miami Dolphins, who were at one point the most likely option for Taylor. However, their current running back duo of Raheem Mostert and De’Von Achane are rolling.
At this point, no one really knows. The world will start to get some clarity on Monday when Taylor is activated. Even if he is still frustrated with his situation in Indianapolis, once he’s activated, his only choices are to play or lose a lot of money by sitting out. Whether a team will swoop in a save Taylor remains to be seen.