Jonathan Taylor, the All-Pro running back for the Colts, reported to training camp with his fellow veterans on July 25. However, his ongoing recovery from an ankle surgery he underwent in January led to him being placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. This was a disappointing start for a player who has proven himself to be a formidable force on the field.
Contract Controversies and Trade Requests
Just days into the training camp, Colts owner Jim Irsay revealed that he had not engaged in contract talks with Taylor, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal with a base salary of $4.3 million. This revelation was followed by a surprising development - Taylor requested a trade after a meeting with Irsay. The 24-year-old back, who has rushed for 3,841 yards and 33 touchdowns, plus another 802 receiving yards and three scores through three seasons in Indianapolis, sought a new deal that would offer him more security and better pay.
The Colts' Stance: No Trade, No Discussion
In response to Taylor's request, Irsay made it clear that the Colts had no intention of trading their star player. He stated unequivocally, "We're not trading Jonathan ... end of discussion." This firm stance left little room for negotiation, leaving Taylor in a difficult position.
Absence from Training Camp: A Sign of Things to Come?
Taylor took his first leave of absence about a week later. While the official reason was cited as personal matters, one can't help but wonder if this is a sign of things to come. The general manager, Chris Ballard, expressed his intention to get Taylor back to 100 percent, but the question remains - will Taylor return with the same commitment and drive?