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Saturday, Oct. 7

Jonathan Taylor Signs Contract Extension With Colts

As Jonathan Taylor readies to return to the field Sunday, he signed a three-year, $42 million contract extension, with $26.5 million guaranteed, with the Indianapolis Colts.

Taylor has been on the PUP list because of an ankle injury and has missed the first four games.

Taylor led the NFL with 1,811 rushing yards and 20 total touchdowns in 2021, and he’s now under contract for the next four years with QB Anthony Richardson.

“To me, this is a win/win for both sides. JT gets a well-deserved contract extension after all that transpired up to this point,” said The 33rd Team’s Chuck Pagano. “The Colts get their BEST player under contract for the next three seasons.”

“But the biggest winner of all is Anthony Richardson! Hats off to (owner) Jim Irsay and (general manager) Chris Ballard for finding a way to mend the relationship with Taylor and Taylor’s camp.”

The Colts and Taylor have been at odds over a potential contract extension for most of the last few months. Taylor requested a trade, and the Colts even gave him permission to seek a trade, but no deal ever came close to getting done. Indianapolis has relied on Zack Moss during the past few weeks, and he’s averaged 100 total yards in the three games he’s played.

Taylor is in the final year of his rookie contract and would have been a free agent after the season. — 12:35 p.m.