Jonathan Taylor breaks silence to Indianapolis Colts following unbelievable trade request

Jonathan Taylor breaks his silence on the Indianapolis Colts after a surprising trade request

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor has committed to the team at this time and is getting closer to returning to play following his trade request this offseason; Head coach Shane Steichen said Taylor could face the Tennessee Titans on Sunday

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor told reporters Thursday that he is committed to the team, at least for now.

“I’m here,” he said.

He hasn’t practiced with the team since December after suffering a season-ending right ankle injury. This week, it was unclear whether he saw a future with the Colts after requesting a trade this summer amid a contract dispute.

“I don’t think it matters if I say I’m committed or not, because I’m here,” said Taylor, who was absent for the majority of training camp. “If someone wasn’t committed, they wouldn’t be here. And right now, I’m here and my No. 1 goal is to attack that first workout. I think it’s been over 290 days.”

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Taylor, a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, is in the final year of his four-year, $7.8 million rookie contract and is scheduled to receive a base salary of $4.3 million in this season.

He declined Thursday to discuss the possibility of a contract extension. “I’m not here to make deals,” he said. “It was during the break, but the season is here. We have the Tennessee Titans on the clock. Division game. What are you going to do?”

The Colts designated Taylor to return from the physically unable to perform list, giving them 21 days to place him on the active roster. Coach Shane Steichen said it’s possible Taylor will play Sunday against the Titans.

Reports out of Indianapolis suggest tensions between Taylor and the front office have eased, but Taylor said his health was the most important factor in his return to the team.

“The first thing that changed was that I could finally play,” he said. “Like I said, this is a big day. It’s a big day.”

Taylor had 861 yards and four touchdowns in 11 appearances last season. The 2021 All-Pro selection has gained 4,643 yards from scrimmage and scored 36 touchdowns in 43 career games (41 starts).

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