Trade Target No. 3: Chicago Bears
Another team not quite ready to contend but is still close enough to make a Jonathan Taylor trade: The Chicago Bears. Head coach Matt Eberflus has a connection with the Colts, having served as the team’s defensive coordinator from 2018-2021. Although Eberflus and Taylor didn’t cross paths much, the previous relationship might play a part.
General manager Ryan Poles has been aggressive all offseason trying to build a roster around quarterback Justin Fields. The running back room lost David Montgomery in March, leaving Khalil Herbert and rookie Roschon Johnson as the primary ball carriers. I like both players, but again, Taylor’s potential impact dwarfs their contributions.
Fields and his new weapon would terrorize opposing defenses in the running game. The respect Taylor commands would free the third-year signal-caller up as a passer. If defenders stack the box, the one-on-one assignments will be easier for Fields to attack downfield. If Poles is comfortable footing the bill on a new contract, Chicago is arguably the best fit for the disgruntled running back.