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Colts want to sign Quenton Nelson to an extension

1/14/2022 5:01:16 PM
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The Colts plan to keep Quenton Nelson around for a long, long time, and that means a contract extension is coming at some point that will likely make the perennial All-Pro the highest-paid guard in football, Joel Erickson of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Nelson, only 25, is headed into the final year of his rookie contract, the fifth-year option that will pay him $13.754 million next season, but teams typically try to lock up key players the season before their rookie contract expires.

Indianapolis already has signed three other members of its landmark 2018 draft class — linebacker Darius Leonard, right tackle Braden Smith and running back Nyheim Hines — to extensions during training camp, but the team had an extra year on Nelson’s rookie deal because of the fifth-year option.

“Quenton’s a Colt,” Ballard said. "We want him to be a Colt long-term. When we do the contract, we’ll work through that.”

A new contract for Nelson, who just became only the second Colt to make the Pro Bowl in every one of his first four seasons and could add his fourth All-Pro in the coming weeks, is expected to be the highest ever doled out to a guard, a contract that will likely cost more than $20 million per year.

“Quenton, he is a generational player,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said at this time last year. “I see (former New England Patriots Hall of Famer John) Hannah, and I see him of the last hundred years. I mean, that’s how good Quenton is.”

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