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Colts and Slot CB Kenny Moore Agree to Four-Year Extension

The Colts made some big news on Thursday, as they and cornerback Kenny Moore have agreed to terms on a four-year extension, per sources informed of the deal.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the deal is worth $30 million in ‘new’ money.

Details on the #Colts extension with slot CB Kenny Moore: He was to make $645K this year and would be an RFA next year at $3M or so, depending on the level. On his new deal, he’ll make $30M in new money from 2021-2023, with a max value of more than $36M, source said.

The contract is expected to make Moore the top-paid slot corner in the NFL in terms of new money, Rapoport added. Justin Coleman held that distinction earlier this offseason, signing a four-year, $36 million contract with $16 million guaranteed with the Detroit Lions.

Moore had one year left on his contract, worth $645,000, then would have been a restricted free agent. The Colts preemptively locked him down. Paying a player when they could have had him under control the next two years for cheap speaks to what the team brass thinks of Moore’s play.

An undrafted free agent in 2017 out of Valdosta State, Moore landed with the New England Patriots but couldn’t crack the final 53-man roster and was waived during final roster cuts.

The Colts swooped in and claimed Moore the next day. The addition proved big for an Indianapolis team that had struggled to find consistency and health at the corner position. Moore played 16 games as a rookie, starting five, and compiled 38 tackles, five passes defended and one interception. In 2018, Moore became a regular in the slot, earning 77 tackles, 11 passes defended and three INT in 15 starts.

Colts Tackle Antonio Garcia Suspended Four Games for PED’s

Colts offensive tackle Antonio Garcia has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star reports.

A former third-round pick by the New England Patriots in 2017, Garcia spent the second half of last season on the Indianapolis practice squad.

Despite his status as a third-rounder, Garcia has struggled in the NFL, and he faced an uphill climb to make the Colts’ 53-man roster. New England waived him last May after he spent most of his rookie season on the non-football injury list, and he was unable to make the Jets out of training camp last fall. Indianapolis signed him to the practice squad in late October.

Colts Add DT Caraun Reid, Place DE Jegs Jegede on IR

The Colts signed defensive tackle Caraun Reid on Monday and placed defensive end Jegs Jegede on injured reserve, Scott Horner of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Reid, 27, is a five-year veteran who was in on 10 tackles for the Dallas Cowboys last season. He joined Dallas after being cut by Indianapolis in training camp.

He started 12 games for the Detroit Lions in 2015, his second season.

Colts Rookie Center Javon Patterson Out for 2019 After Tearing ACL

Colts rookie center Javon Patterson will miss the season after tearing his ACL in practice Tuesday.

Colts coach Frank Reich announced the injury. Patterson was a seventh-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He was expected to be a backup for Colts starting center Ryan Kelly. Kelly started 12 games for the Colts in 2018.

Patterson played in 48 games during his four-year career at Mississippi.

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck also missed OTAs with a strained calf, but could return for minicamp.

Veteran Safety Johnathan Cyprien Working Out for the Colts

The Colts are taking a gander at the veteran safety market, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

The Colts are working out free-agent safety Johnathan Cyprien today, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the decision.

ESPN first reported the news.

The Colts could be sniffing around the safety market as starter Clayton Geathers sits out OTAs after undergoing a knee cleanup procedure this offseason.

New Colts QB Chad Kelly Suspended the First Two Games of the 2019 Season

Colts quarterback Chad Kelly’s comeback tour will take a brief break, Herbie Teope of NFL.com reports.

The NFL announced Friday that Kelly is suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2019 regular season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

While with the Denver Broncos in 2018, Kelly was arrested in October for suspicion of first-degree trespassing. The Broncos released the quarterback the next day.

Kelly was out of the league until signing with the Colts on May 20 following a successful tryout at the team’s rookie minicamp.

In the meantime, Kelly is eligible to participate in the remaining portion of the Colts’ offseason workout program, training camp and preseason practices and games.

Colts Come to Terms with Quarterback Chad Kelly

The Colts have a new quarterback, coming to terms with quarterback Chad Kelly, the nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.

The team today announced the signing of free agent Chad Kelly, who recently tried out for the team during its rookie minicamp. In a corresponding move, the Colts waived defensive tackle Jordan Thompson.

Kelly, 25, was a seventh-round selection by the Denver Broncos in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Ole Miss, where he was a second-team All-SEC selection in 2015 after completing 298-of-458 passing attempts (65.1 percent) for 4,042 yards with 31 touchdowns to 13 interceptions.

He was once again a second-team All-SEC selection as a senior, despite the fact he suffered a season-ending knee injury in November of that year; he connected on 205-of-328 passes (62.5 percent) for 2,758 yards with 19 touchdowns to eight interceptions in nine games.

 

Ex-Denver QB Chad Kelly to Take Part in Colts Rookie Minicamp

Former Denver Broncos quarterback Chad Kelly will be taking part in this weekend’s Indianapolis Colts rookie minicamp on a tryout basis and the Colts weigh whether to add him to the 90-man roster according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.com.

Kelly, the “Mr. Irrelevant” of the 2017 out of Ole Miss and the nephew of Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly, started the 2018 season with the Broncos and even seemed to be in line for a starting opportunity after a stellar preseason and the struggles of free agent signee Case Keenum.

The came his bizarre behavior after Von Miller’s Halloween party, at which Kelly reportedly became extremely intoxicated and later broke into a stranger’s residence and ended up on the couch mumbling incoherently.

Kelly was initially charged with felony trespassing but pled guilty to the reduced charge of second-degree misdemeanor trespassing and was placed on probation for a year. The Broncos immediately released him and he has been out of football ever since.

With Jacoby Brissett firmly entrenched behind Andrew Luck, Indy would not be a good landing spot from a reps perspective but Kelly will likely grab onto any chance to get back into the NFL.

The 25-year-old is immensely talented but off-the-field problems have derailed his career in high school, college, and the pros.

Colts Hall of Fame DE Gino Marchetti Dies at 92

Pro Football Hall of Famer and Baltimore Colts legend Gino Marchetti has died at 92 years old.

Marchetti died from pneumonia Monday at Paoli hospital in Paoli, Pa. The two-time NFL champion, 11-time Pro Bowl selection and seven-time All-Pro was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

Marchetti is survived by wife Joan Marchetti, two sons, two daughters, a stepdaughter and 16 grandchildren. The Marchettis were married for 41 years.

Marchetti was a second round pick by the Dallas Texans in the 1952 NFL Draft. He played 13 seasons for the Colts from 1953 through 1966.

“A giant of a man with a giant heart who helped many in need, Gino Marchetti is at or near the top of the greats in Baltimore athletic and football history,” the Ravens said in a statement.

“Beloved in Baltimore, this Pro Football Hall of Famer loved our community and the fans who were so special to him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Joan, and the Marchetti family. We appreciate the kindness and respect Gino showed the Ravens over the last 23 years.”