The Philadelphia Eagles were recently named in a trade proposal that would land the defending NFC champions Indianapolis Colts disgruntled running back Jonathan Taylor. The Colts granted Taylor his request to explore a trade ahead of the 2023 regular season.
The star running back was one of the best running backs in the league in 2021. He put up good numbers before sustaining an injury in 2022. Taylor, entering the 2023 season on the last year of his rookie contract, wanted the Colts to extend him to a new contract before the season. That didn’t happen, and there was a public fallout between Colts owner Jim Irsay and Taylor.
Rumors of who could land Taylor have been hot and heavy this week. Ian Rapoport with the NFL Network believes it’s more likely than not that Taylor will be traded to another NFL team before the start of the season. The Miami Dolphins, who were in the Dalvin Cook sweepstakes this summer, are a logical designation for Taylor.
Jonathan Taylor to the Philadelphia Eagles?
One NFL writer thinks the Eagles should be in the mix. The Eagles, who traded with the Detroit Lions during the 2023 NFL Draft for running back D’Andre Swift, don’t seem to have a glaring need at running back. But Evan Macy with Philly Voice thinks the Eagles could take advantage of a trade with the Colts to land a star running back to pair with Jalen Hurts:
The Colts and Taylor are heading for a breakup and the rumors have been swirling for weeks now. At first glance this move doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The Eagles do not like spending money on running backs and Taylor is seeking a lucrative second contract, one Indianapolis isn’t going to give him either.
Philly also seems to be set at running back, ready to employ a committee approach with Rashaad Penny, D’Andre Swift and Kenny Gainwell splitting duties in the backfield.
However, if a trade with Indy included one of those backs and a mid-round pick, and Roseman and the Eagles were confident Taylor would play his contract year out before becoming a free agent, having a weapon like Taylor would undoubtedly lift the offense even more. A trade of Taylor seems imminent, and with no team eager to pony up a first round pick — or pay 10s of millions for Taylor, maybe the Eagles can pounce.
Would the Philadelphia Eagles trade for Jonathan Taylor?
A mid-round pick and a committee running back wouldn’t hurt the Eagles for a superstar loaner. The question is, would Taylor be okay going to Philadelphia knowing the Eagles weren’t going to sign him in the offseason?
I don’t see Taylor playing for the Colts again after Irsay’s ridiculous comments. Taylor might find a trade to the Eagles worth it for one season. He’d have a chance to win a Super Bowl before chasing his bag next March.
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