Jonathan Taylor to the Miami Dolphins? You Can Bet on It
The Indianapolis Colts have reversed course and have granted permission for star running back Jonathan Taylor to seek a trade. The former rushing leader is asking to move on after the Colts wouldn’t engage in talks on a contract extension. After initially refusing to honor Taylor’s trade request, the Colts have decided to allow the All-Pro back to find a new home.
Although Taylor’s 2022 campaign was hampered by an ankle injury that caused him to miss six games, he should still generate plenty of interest on the trade market. Oddspedia, a site that allows users to find the best odds among multiple betting sites, has the Miami Dolphins as the favorite to land the current Colts star.
The Miami Dolphins are the clear favorite to trade for Jonathan Taylor
With Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle catching passes from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the passing game of the Miami Dolphins is in pretty good shape. While Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. are solid veteran running backs, Miami’s ground game could use a boost. Taylor would be a perfect fit.
Betting sites feel the same way and have the Dolphins as the big favorite to land Taylor via trade. Oddspedia compiled the list of odds for Taylor’s next team should he be traded. The Dolphins are the clear betting favorite at +250.
Coming in second are the Chicago Bears at +400. Here is a list of other teams and their odds of landing Taylor, via Oddspedia.
- Baltimore Ravens +700
- Denver Broncos +750
- Dallas Cowboys +750
- Buffalo Bills +1000
- Cincinnati Bengals +2000
- Kansas City Chiefs +4000
“Jim Irsay’s U-turn has shocked both Colts fans and the running-back market — with Jonathan Taylor now on the trade block,” said Oddspedia spokesperson Callum Wilson.
“Bettors have been in agreement with the best sportsbooks in the US, with the majority of all bets on Taylor’s next club being placed on The Phins.”
Taylor makes plenty of sense for the Dolphins
The AFC is simply stacked, and the Miami Dolphins need to keep up.
Led by the young and concussion-prone Tagovailoa, the Dolphins need a strong running attack to help take some of the pressure off their young QB. Tagovailoa has taken some serious blows in his three seasons with the Dolphins. Tagovailoa is a promising young star who is 21-13 in his 34 professional starts, but his health has been in serious question after suffering two concussions last year.
According to Omar Kelly of Sports Illustrated, the Dolphins produced the seventh-fewest rushing yards per game (99.2) and attempted the second-fewest carries (22.9) per game last season. Taylor would be a quick fix.
In his three NFL seasons, Taylor has averaged 5.1 yards per carry. During the 2021 season, he led the NFL in rushing yards (1,811), attempts (332), rushing touchdowns (18), and total yards from scrimmage (2,171). With Waddle and Hill catching passes, Taylor won’t be asked to carry the load as he does in Indianapolis.
Adding Taylor balances Miami’s offense. It also makes them a legitimate player in the AFC. Right now, Miami is arguably No. 3 in the AFC behind the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. They’re not in the same category as the Kansas City Chiefs or Cincinnati Bengals. Securing Taylor gets them closer.
Making the move for Taylor not only makes the Dolphins better, but it makes perfect sense.