Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor is going to be the next top player at the position in line for a new contract extension and there already seems to be a battle brewing between him and ownership.
And Colts owner Jim Irsay did what he likes best on Wednesday to deliver a strong blow – fire off a potentially inflammatory Tweet.
Here it is.
The NFL’s running backs have been furious this summer after several top players at the position, including Saquon Barkley and Josh Jacobs, were unable to secure long-term deals with their teams. They feel their position is being devalued and they are not being treated fairly.
It even led to Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler organizing a zoom call this past weekend to discuss their options.
Unfortunately for the NFL’s backs, their options are significantly limited.
The harsh reality is that they are devalued because there are so many good players at the position and it is easy for franchises to find them. Teams would rather spend their salary cap money on players involved in passing the football on offense and stopping the pass on defense. It is simply a passing league, now, one where running backs are no longer the franchise cornerstones.
Having said that, there are still a handful of teams that do rely heavily on a star running back to drive their offense.
The Colts are one of them and they have one of the league’s best in Taylor.
In three years, he has averaged more than five yards per carry, already scored 36 touchdowns and is a game-changing player.
And he is starting to reach the point where he is going to need a new contract.
In theory, Taylor should be the type of player who could help set the market at his position. If he is unable to secure a long-term deal with the Colts, then it might really be hopeless for every player at the position. Given the way Irsaay is tweeting, it sounds like it is going to be quite a negotiation.