Reasons to Pursue
Even after all of the reasons NOT to pursue a trade for Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, passing on a game changing veteran player does goes against the flow of what made the LA Rams so competitively successful for years.
After all, when the LA Rams traded for defensive back Jalen Ramsey in 2019. they had already begun that year at 3-3. The Rams finished the 2019 NFL season at 9-7. But it was not until two years later, in 2021, that the Rams were able to win Super Bowl LVI. And that is how blockbuster trades work. You add the pieces with the intention of competing in and winning the Super Bowl in the near future.
Could Jonathan Taylor help the LA Rams to get to and win a Super Bowl? While the most recent Super Bowl winners have not relied upon that bell cow runner to win, the tide may be turning. As NFL defenses continue to progress into lighter and swifter defenders who can rush the quarterback, power running has become quite effective once more.
That means that a team that has a Top-5 rushing offense could suddenly become one of the hottest teams in postseason competition. And the LA Rams may already see that as the trend, which is why the Rams have invested heavily in offensive linemen and tight ends. Adding an elite running back could be the next logical step.
Final Verdict: Hard pass
I think that running back Jonathan Taylor has plenty to offer on offense for the right team. But for the life of me, I just do not see the Rams being the right team. Taylor has been the workhorse for several yeas on the Indianapolis Colts offense, and that has worn his tread down a little bit. While he still has productive football in him, I fear that by the time that the Rams offense is ready for an All-Pro running back, Jonathan Taylor will either be frustrated or his production risks starting its inevitable decline.
The Colts may not be even entertaining offers right now, as they could simply be exploring what the market will bear. If he offers come in hot and heavy, they can take the deal and simply sign a less expensive veteran. But if offers are somewhat cool, then the Colts have more leverage than ever in negotiations with Jonathan Taylor.
Even if the Rams front office is torn on this matter, it's best to walk away. There will be more opportunities for the team to upgrade the Rams roster instantly. But, speaking for myself, I'd rather the Rams elect to do so when it's quite obviously a true upgrade that will allow them to compete in the next Super Bowl.