The Indianapolis Colts have granted running back Jonathan Taylor permission to seek a trade, according to ESPN and confirmed by CBS Sports NFL Insider Josina Anderson. The franchise had previously been adamant about keeping the former second-round pick, who has been seeking a new contract.
ESPN’s Stephen Holder adds that they are looking for a first-round pick in return or a package of picks that equate to as much.
The Colts were reportedly considering placing Taylor on the non-football injury list (NFI). Taylor supposedly suffered an injury to his back while working out on his own in Arizona, and he’s also still rehabbing from January ankle surgery. Taylor has since said that he’s never had a back issue.
Taylor has been in and out of the Colts facility due to treatment and what was reported to be a personal issue, but team owner Jim Irsay said during Indy’s preseason matchup with the Chicago Bears that the star running back is again back in the fold.
“We’re excited to have Jonathan Taylor back,” Irsay said, via NFL Media. “I know these things are always difficult, I respect any time people are, they’re trying to fight for their position for their families and all those things. And, you know, I’ve been around it so long that I just think the biggest thing that I preach is timing is everything. We’re really looking forward to him to playing his way into being the Jonathan Taylor he was. And we’re really excited to have him and we want to do everything we can to support him and embrace him as a Colt, ’cause he’s a great young man. I can’t say enough about him and his family. Look at you have these problems, you know how it is. You never go in with no problems at all. These days you hope you have less contractual problems because the way the CBA is and they work a lot of things through. But you have them and that’s what I know Chris Ballard is going to work hard on and try to…