REPORT: PACKERS EYED TRADE FOR COLTS RB JONATHAN TAYLOR
The Green Bay Packers engaged in trade talks with the Indianapolis Colts about running back Jonathan Taylor, ESPN reported Wednesday.
NFL Network reported Tuesday that the Colts received “significant interest” from two teams, believed now to be the Miami Dolphins and Packers.
No deals came to fruition before the Colts’ self-imposed deadline of Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, and the 2021 NFL rushing champion will open the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.
Taylor, 24, who requested a trade on July 30 over the lack of contract extension talks, is ineligible to play the season’s first four games while on the PUP list.
The NFL trade deadline is Oct. 31.
A deal with Green Bay would have brought Taylor back to Wisconsin, where he posted back-to-back 2,000-yard seasons with the Badgers in 2018 and 2019.
Taylor has rushed for 3,841 yards and 33 touchdowns and added 104 catches for 802 yards and three scores in 43 games (41 starts) since the Colts drafted him in the second round in 2020.
Zack Moss, Deon Jackson and Evan Hull are the running backs on the Colts’ 53-man roster to open the season.
The Packers have running backs Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon and undrafted rookie Emanuel Wilson on the roster.
COLTS SIGN 16 TO PRACTICE SQUAD
LB Liam Anderson
S Henry Black
S Marcel Dabo
RB Jake Funk
S Ronnie Harrison Jr.
RB Jason Huntley
WR D.J. Montgomery
DE Al-Quadin Muhammad
LB Donavan Mutin
WR Amari Rodgers
DT Caleb Sampson
T Dan Skipper
WR Mike Strachan
CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart
CB Kevin Toliver II
WR Juwann Winfree
COLTS CLAIM T-RYAN HAYES, DE-ISAIAH LAND AND G-JOSH SILLS OFF WAIVERS
Indianapolis – The Indianapolis Colts today claimed tackle Ryan Hayes (from Miami), defensive end Isaiah Land (from Dallas) and guard Josh Sills (from Philadelphia) off waivers. The team also waived defensive tackle McTelvin Agim, waived guard/tackle Carter O’Donnell and released wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie.
Hayes, 6-7, 305 pounds, participated in the Dolphins’ 2023 offseason program and training camp. He was selected by Miami in the seventh round (238th overall) of the 2023 NFL Draft. Collegiately, Hayes played in 40 games (30 starts) at left tackle at Michigan (2018-22). He earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors in each of his last two seasons. Hayes was part of a Wolverines’ offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award for the nation’s top offensive line in back-to-back seasons (2021 and 2022).
Land, 6-4, 225 pounds, participated in the Cowboys’ 2023 offseason program and training camp. He was signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2023. Collegiately, Land appeared in 30 games at Florida A&M (2018-22) and compiled 89 tackles (62 solo), 42.5 tackles for loss, 29.0 sacks, eight passes defensed, one interception, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In 2021, he earned Associated Press First Team All-America honors and the Buck Buchanan Award as the best defensive player in the FCS after leading the nation in tackles for loss (25.5) and sacks (19.0).
Sills, 6-6, 325 pounds, participated in the Eagles’ 2023 offseason program and training camp. As a rookie in 2022, he saw action in one game with Philadelphia after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent on May 6, 2022. Collegiately, Sills saw action in 52 career games (47 starts) at Oklahoma State (2020-21) and West Virginia (2016-19). He earned numerous accolades, including First Team All-Big 12 (2021) recognition and Second Team All-Big 12 (2018) honors.
Agim, 6-3, 300 pounds, was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on December 15, 2022. He spent Weeks 1-14 of last season on the Denver Broncos practice squad. From 2020-21, Agim played in 17 games with the Broncos and compiled 12 tackles (four solo), 1.0 tackle for loss, 1.5 sacks and two passes defensed. He was originally selected by Denver in the third round (95th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft.
O’Donnell, 6-5, 305 pounds, spent the entire 2022 season on Indianapolis’ Injured Reserve list. In 2021, he spent time on the team’s active roster and practice squad but did not see game action. As a rookie in 2020, O’Donnell spent the entire season on the Colts practice squad after originally signing with the team as an undrafted free agent on April 29, 2020. Collegiately, he played four seasons at the University of Alberta in Canada and earned First Team All-Canadian honors in 2019 and Second Team All-Canadian honors in 2018. O’Donnell was a Canada West All-Star in 2018 and 2019.
McKenzie, 5-8, 173 pounds, was signed by the Colts as a free agent on March 22, 2023. He has played in 80 career games (26 starts) in his time with the Buffalo Bills (2018-22) and Denver Broncos (2017-18) and has compiled 141 receptions for 1,345 yards and 11 touchdowns. McKenzie has also registered 47 carries for 230 yards and four touchdowns. He has totaled one passing touchdown, two special teams tackles, 50 kickoff returns for 1,112 yards (22.2 avg.) and 58 punt returns for 518 yards (8.9 avg.) and one touchdown. McKenzie was originally selected by the Broncos in the fifth round (172nd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.