Colts Sign Kenny Moore To Four-Year Contract Extension

Colts Sign Kenny Moore To Four-Year Contract Extension

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Colts Sign Kenny Moore To Four-Year Contract Extension

On Thursday, the Colts signed Kenny Moore to a 4-year contract extension. Why did the Colts make the move for Moore now?

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INDIANAPOLIS – If you prove it, we will pay you.

That theme from Chris Ballard has resulted in three new contracts this week, with the unsung Kenny Moore becoming the latest on Thursday.

It's a 4-year extension, for more than $8 million per year, for Moore, who is unquestionably one of the team’s most important players and defines what the Colts want from a work ethic, professional standpoint.

"I was speechless," Moore, a former undrafted free agent, said on Thursday of his new deal.

In 2018, Moore staked claim to the open starting cornerback competition and in turn played the third most snaps of any player on the team (behind Quenton Nelson and Andrew Luck).

Known mostly for his playmaking as a slot/nickel corner, Moore also was one of the team’s starting outside coners in the base defense.

The Indy staff gushes about what Moore stands for and it’s why he received this new deal on Thursday, despite being under contract as a restricted free agent heading into next spring.

"Kenny means everything,” Frank Reich said on Thursday. “He is the consummate pro. It’s not only a high level of play, but it’s the consistency of play. That’s really what I think he embodies. We saw his playmaking ability last year on the ball, sacks, blitzing. Just really what he brings every day out at practice and then out in the community, he’s a leader. We love him.

“When I got here, Chris and I sat down going over the roster. I’ll give Chris a lot of credit. Right from the very beginning, I think he had his eyes set on Kenny, knowing what he was going to develop into. His leadership, consistency, effort and playmaking ability it just speaks volumes.”

Moore was originally an undrafted free agent of the New England Patriots in 2017 coming out of Valdosta State.

Bill Belichick has heaped ample praise on Moore, but a numbers crunch for the Patriots in ‘17 forced them to part ways with Moore at the roster cut down at the end of the preseason.

At first, Chris Ballard didn’t even think about Moore, because the 5-9 corner didn’t meet the GM’s height requirements at that position. Moore had zero contact with the Colts during the 2017 draft process, despite training in Indy going into the draft

But after some convincing from Ballard’s scouting department, plus a dire roster situation on the defensive side of the ball heading into the 2017 season, the Colts claimed Moore off waivers.

Moore was mostly a special teams guy in his rookie campaign of 2017, but he did start 5 games late in the year.

Then in 2018 it was Moore, and not the 2017 draft picks of Quincy Wilson and Nate Hairston, who earned the huge role last fall.

Handing Moore the sort of contract the Colts did on Thursday sends a message to the entire locker room: if you work hard and produce, you will be rewarded, no matter your background.

Even though Moore was under very reasonable team security through potentially the 2020 season, the Colts decided to reward one of their own well before his contract deadline.

Moore joins Rigoberto Sanchez and Luke Rhodes (all undrafted free agents) as guys who received 4-year contract extensions from the Colts this week.

"Just talking to Chris, he made it clear that those guys really embody what being a Colt is all about so excited for them," Reich said on Thursday. "I just think that sends the right message. Those are the kind of guys we want around for the long-term.”

Guys like Jacoby Brissett, Anthony Castonzo, Eric Ebron, Jack Doyle and Jabaal Sheard are key Colts heading into contract years this fall.

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