The Indianapolis Colts are utilizing their large amount of cap room to lock down one of their own.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Colts and corner Kenny Moore have agreed to terms on a four-year extension, per sources informed of the deal. The group confirmed the signing. On his new deal, he’ll earn $30 million in new cash from 2021-2023, with a mas value of more than $36 million, Rapoport additional, a source advised.
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The contract makes him among those top-paid slot corner in the NFL in terms of fresh money, Rapoport added. Justin Coleman held that distinction before this offseason, signing a four-year, $36 million contract with $16 million ensured with the Detroit Lions.
Moore had left on his contract, worth $645,000, then would have been a free agent. The Colts preemptively locked down him. Paying a participant when they could have had him under control the subsequent two years for cheap speaks to exactly what the group brass thinks of Moore’s play. An undrafted free agent in 2017 out of Valdosta State, Moore developed with the New England Patriots but could not crack the closing 53-man roster and has been waived during final roster cuts.
The Colts swooped in and claimed Moore the Following Day. The addition proved big for an Indianapolis team that had struggled to find consistency and health in the corner place. Moore played 16 games as a rookie, starting five, also compiled 38 tackles, five passes defended and one interception. In 2018, Moore became a routine at the slot, earning 77 tackles, 11 passes defended and three INT in 15 starts.
Given the proclivity of all three-receiver sets in today’s NFL, slot corners are getting more precious by the season — ask Chris Harris Jr. in Denver. After two seasons with Moore, the Colts identified their future in the place and made sure to lock him down for the near future.
Colts general manager Chris Ballard said he would utilize the group’s cap room to pay homegrown talent. Extensions such as Moore’s — who joins punter Rigoberto Sanchez and long snapper Luke Rhodes in receiving fresh bargains — underscores the purpose.