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NFL Updates Heading into This Week: Jonathan Taylor's Mega Deal and More


Jonathan Taylor signs and ends the drama in Indy. Photo Credit: Colts IG
Jonathan Taylor signs and ends the drama in Indy. Photo Credit: Colts IG

As the NFL season charges forward, the league is abuzz with breaking news and updates, bringing excitement and anticipation for the upcoming games. NFL insiders Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter have provided valuable insights into the latest developments, and we're here to break them down for you.


Jonathan Taylor Secures His Future with Colts

In a monumental move, the Indianapolis Colts and star running back Jonathan Taylor have reached an agreement on a colossal 3-year, $42 million extension, with an impressive $26.5 million guaranteed. This deal cements Taylor's position as one of the highest-paid running backs in the league.


Taylor's spectacular 2021 season, where he led the NFL with 1,811 rushing yards and 20 total touchdowns, is a testament to his worth.

This extension not only keeps Taylor with the Colts but also aligns him with franchise quarterback Anthony Richardson, a partnership that the Colts had envisioned from the start. While trade discussions were considered, the preferred outcome was to have Taylor on the field and content. The result? A win-win scenario for both player and team.


Impact on the RB Market

The ripple effect of Taylor's extension extends beyond the Colts. With other prominent running backs like Derrick Henry, Austin Ekeler, Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, and Tony Pollard set to hit free agency in March, Taylor's deal could ignite movement in the running back market. The RB market had been relatively quiet compared to other positions, but this extension could set a new precedent.


The highest-paid running backs in terms of average per year now include Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, Jonathan Taylor, Derrick Henry, Nick Chubb, Josh Jacobs, and Aaron Jones. Agents Malki Kawa and Ethan Lock of First Round Management deserve credit for successfully brokering this significant deal.


Injury Updates and Roster Moves

Injuries are always a concern in the NFL, and this week brings some notable returns. Ravens Pro Bowl cornerback Marlon Humphrey is expected to make his season debut after missing four games due to foot surgery. His return comes just in time for the AFC North rivalry against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Houston Texans have activated offensive tackle Tytus Howard and punter Cam Johnston from the Reserve/Injured list, providing reinforcements for the team.


The Los Angeles Rams have officially activated star wide receiver Cooper Kupp from Injured Reserve, and he's set to make his return this Sunday.


Trades Shaking Up the League

Trades have also been a hot topic this week. The Denver Broncos acquired a 2024 sixth-round pick from the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for outside linebacker Randy Gregory and a 2024 seventh-round pick. To make room for Gregory, the 49ers released defensive lineman Kerry Hyder Jr.


Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears traded wide receiver Chase Claypool and a seventh-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for a sixth-round pick. The Los Angeles Chargers sent cornerback JC Jackson and a seventh-round pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for a sixth-round pick. These moves are reshaping rosters and adding intrigue to the league.


In Other News

The Green Bay Packers received some unfortunate news as left tackle David Bakhtiari announced that he needs one more surgery and will miss the rest of the season. However, he aims to be ready for the next season's training camp.


Lastly, the NFL community came together to pay tribute to Hall of Fame linebacker and Bears legend Dick Butkus, with heartfelt words from Walter Payton's son, Jarrett Payton. Butkus leaves behind a lasting legacy in the football world.


As we head into another thrilling week of NFL action, these updates set the stage for some exciting matchups and storylines to follow. Stay tuned for more football excitement on the horizon.

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