Indianapolis Colts Professional Bowl offensive lineman Quenton Nelson has agreed to a record-setting, four-year extension that may make him the highest-paid guard in NFL historical past, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The deal has a median annual worth of $20 million and contains $60 million assured, the supply mentioned.
The Colts introduced they’d agreed to phrases on an extension Saturday evening, with proprietor Jim Irsay calling Nelson “a generational participant.”
Nelson, who was scheduled to make $13.8 million this season, was set to be one of many prime free brokers within the 2023 class. His deal shatters the earlier file for many assured cash and annual wage for a guard.
Drafted sixth total in 2018 out of Notre Dame, Nelson had been an All-Professional guard in every of his first three seasons earlier than lacking 4 video games this previous 12 months with an ankle damage.
Nelson’s 94.1% move block win price was twelfth amongst guards final season, and his 71.7% run block win price was thirteenth on the place. Total, Nelson’s 94.6% move block win price since getting into the NFL in 2018 ranks seventh amongst guards.
“Everybody is aware of what nice capability he has, however I feel what makes Quenton particular is how sensible he performs and the way instinctive he’s,” coach Frank Reich mentioned in an announcement. “I feel that is what takes his recreation excessive. He is a bodily dominant participant, nevertheless it’s his instincts and his intelligence that take him I feel to a different stage.”
Nelson is the sixth member of the Colts’ 2018 draft class to signal a second contract with the crew.