Sunday got a little weird for fans of the Indianapolis Colts, with a back-and-forth between the team’s front office and running back Jonathan Taylor that left many puzzled, including those monitoring NFL futures across Kentucky sports betting.
That’s because the team placed Taylor on the non-football injury list because of a preexisting back injury a day after the fourth-year back reportedly requested a trade, only for the former Wisconsin Badger to shoot that down on social media Sunday night.
“1. Never had back pain. 2. Never reported back pain. Not sure who 'sources’ are, but find new ones,” Taylor tweeted on Sunday, hours after it was reported that he’d miss at least part of the regular season due to the injury.
Regardless, Taylor is likely to be wearing a new uniform before the end of the 2023-24 NFL regular season, which led BetKentucky.com to break down where the 24-year-old back could play next.
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Jonathan Taylor Next Team Odds
Where Will Taylor Play Next?
We still see the Colts as the clubhouse leader for Taylor’s services, thanks to the fifth year on his rookie deal in 2024. That’s why the Colts have +150 (or 40%) odds of keeping Taylor, well ahead of the next closest club (the Miami Dolphins, at +500). You won't those odds on Kentucky betting apps, but it's hard to see Colts Owner Jim Irsay not coming to his senses when it comes to Taylor.
Other NFL teams that could slide in and acquire the 2021 Pro Bowler include the Chicago Bears and the Buffalo Bills (+700 apiece), the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens (+1000 apiece).
One way or another, NFL teams are likely to line up to gain Taylor’s services out of the backfield, as he’s posted 1,000 yard rushing seasons in two of his first three years in the league and has averaged 5.1 yards per carry during his run with the Colts.
That’s why we see there being no shortage of suitors for the 24-year-old New Jersey native, despite Taylor posting career lows for rushing yards (861) and rushing touchdowns (four) during the 2022-23 NFL campaign. Taylor is still considered a prolific running back and it's hard to imagine that Super Bowl contenders like the Ravens or the Bills would pass on an opportunity to bring him in.
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