Cardinals Could Swing Big On Blockbuster Jonathan Taylor Trade?

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Jonathan Taylor’s future with the Indianapolis Colts is in flux.

The Colts running back is currently on the PUP list due to an ankle injury he suffered at the end of last season, so he is not eligible to play until Week 5 at the earliest.

However, there is more to the situation than Taylor’s health.

The 24-year-old star is currently embroiled in a contract dispute with Indy, as the Colts declined to give him a contract extension with just one year left on his rookie deal. As a result, Taylor asked a trade, and Indianapolis gave him permission to seek it.

While it remains to be seen if Taylor will actually follow through with his demands, the fact of the matter is that Taylor’s status as a Colt is murky, to say the least.

There are certainly plenty of teams around the NFL who could use Taylor’s services, and ML Football ranks the Arizona Cardinals as No. 2 in terms of probable trade destinations.

Given that the Cardinals are likely headed for a more ground-heavy offense this season, it’s something to think about.

A couple of years ago, it looked as if Arizona had one of the most explosive aerial attacks in the NFL with Kyler Murray under center, but Murray—who is currently sidelined while recovering from a torn ACL—may not be a Cardinal for much longer.

The Cardinals may be due for a change in philosophy (at least in the short term), so bringing Taylor aboard would make a whole lot of sense.

Arizona already has James Conner in the backfield, but Conner is very injury-prone himself. Plus, as solid as Conner is, he is certainly not on Taylor’s level.

Taylor, a University of Wisconsin product, was selected by the Colts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. After a phenomenal rookie campaign in which Taylor totaled 1,169 yards and 11 touchdowns, he took the NFL world by storm in 2021, racking up a league-best 1,811 yards and 18 scores.

The Salem, N.J. native followed that up by posting 861 yards and four touchdowns in 11 games last season. Not quite his 2021 level of production, but he would have still been on pace for over 1,300 yards on the ground had he played a full 17-game campaign.

The Cardinals are off to an 0-2 start and most recently blew a 21-point lead in a 31-28 loss to the New York Giants this past Sunday. Jonathan Taylor would certainly give their offense a boost, and with the trade deadline still weeks away, the Cards have plenty of time to put together a fair offer for the Colts.

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