Jonathan Taylor’s time with the Indianapolis Colts seems to be nearing a swift end.
Taylor, who is currently on the PUP list as he recovers from an ankle injury he suffered late last season, asked for a trade from the Colts after the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on a long-term deal.
Should Indianapolis grant his request, the star running back would be a hot commodity ahead of the Oct. 31 NFL trade deadline.
We have already heard that the Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers have checked in on Taylor, but nothing came to fruition in talks with those clubs.
But what darkhorse teams could potentially throw their hats into the ring?
Here are two clubs to watch out for in the Taylor sweepstakes.
You wouldn’t have thought the Browns would even consider making a run at Taylor a couple of weeks ago, but with Nick Chubb’s recent devastating knee injury putting his future in doubt, Cleveland suddenly finds itself in need of a halfback.
Could the Browns engage the Colts in trade talks for Jonathan Taylor?
It would make a lot of sense.
Even though Cleveland has not been very good the last couple of years, the Browns are clearly in win-now mode, as they have Deshaun Watson under center and went out and acquired Amari Cooper in March 2022.
Don’t let their 2022 record fool you: this is not a rebuilding franchise at the moment.
Given how much Watson has struggled since getting on to the field for the Browns in the second half of last season, you can only imagine how concerned Cleveland is about Watson now that Chubb is out.
Taylor, who earned First-Team All-Pro honors in 2021, would be a perfect fit for the Browns in that regard. He would slide in seamlessly in Cleveland’s backfield, and the offense probably wouldn’t miss a beat even in Chubb’s absence.
It should be noted that the Browns did sign Kareem Hunt, but Hunt is hardly a No. 1 back at this stage of his career.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have been employing a by-committee backfield for years now, but perhaps the time has come for the club to bring in a true featured back?
Kansas City’s offense has actually struggled over the first two weeks of 2023, totaling just 37 points as the club has gotten off to a 1-1 start.
Of course, it’s still early, and the Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes under center, so their offense will never be bad. But it would strongly behoove the club to add a No. 1 running back like Taylor rather than stick with a trio of Isiah Pacheco, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon.
A tandem of Mahomes and Taylor would be beyond dangerous.
The Chiefs are coming off of a Super Bowl victory, so you wouldn’t think they would need to add a superstar like Taylor. But you can see where the club could certainly use a halfback of Taylor’s caliber.