Colts’ Hall of Famer Edgerrin James mediated to help repair relationship with Jonathan Taylor

Colts Hall of Famer Edgerrin James mediated to help mend his relationship with Jonathan Taylor

The Colts have turned to one of their franchise’s all-time greats to help mend their once rocky relationship with Jonathan Taylor.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said Saturday that Hall of Fame running back Edgerrin James has mediated to help mend the franchise’s once rocky relationship with fighting star Jonathan Taylor ( via Nate Atkins of IndyStar):

On a call with reporters, Jim Irsay said Edgerrin James played an intermediary role in mending the Colts’ relationship with Jonathan Taylor.

Finally, the two sides were able to come to terms Saturday on a three-year, $42 million contract (with $26.5 million guaranteed), ending a contentious contract saga. The controversy lasted the entire season and even continued until the beginning of this season.

Of course, James understands the business side of the NFL as well as anyone. At age 28, he left the Colts in March 2006 to sign a four-year, $30 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent, considered at the time one of the franchise’s best contracts. Ball transport.

However, James still maintains great respect for Irsay, as what the Colts provided to him throughout and even after his decorated NFL career remains invaluable.

After all, it was Irsay who gave James’s introductory speech for James’s Hall of Fame induction for the Class of 2020 and even a $700K car to help him celebrate (*not to mention, flew out James’s family to Canton, Ohio on his private jet):

Jim Irsay with a very touching introduction of Edgerrin James, ending with this:
“If I had a son, I’d want it to be him, let’s put it that way.”

It was the Colts franchise that provided James a Super Bowl ring in 2006 for what he accomplished and meant for the franchise despite having left the team in free agency an offseason before they ultimately hoisted the elusive Lombardi Trophy.

It’s not as though the Colts never paid James either, as he signed a lucrative 7-year, $49 million deal as a rookie 4th overall pick in 1999, before contracts were capped because of the implemented rookie scale.

When his rookie contract lapsed, the Colts then slapped the then $8M franchise tag on James during March of 2005, which James was admittedly unhappy about.

James still remains close with Irsay too, as he makes guest appearances to accompany ‘The Jim Irsay Band’ and is an occasional visitor at the Colts facility and at annual team training camp.

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