Colts Sign Rigoberto Sanchez To Contract Extension


Colts Sign Rigoberto Sanchez To Contract Extension

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Colts Sign Rigoberto Sanchez To Contract Extension

On Tuesday afternoon, the Colts signed 24-year-old punter Rigoberto Sanchez to a contract extension.

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INDIANAPOLIS – The contract extension part of the offseason has begun for the Indianapolis Colts.

And it has started by extending a guy who had some massive shoes to fill back in 2017.

Punter Rigoberto Sanchez inked a contract extension with the Colts on Tuesday afternoon. The extension is for 4 years, through the 2023 season, according to Joel Erickson of the IndyStar.

Sanchez, 24, was an undrafted free agent in 2017 and was headed towards being a restricted free agent next spring.

But the Colts extending Sanchez was thought to be a possibility, because he has shown plenty of promise as a punter in 2 NFL seasons.

Sanchez finished last year 3rd in the NFL in net punting average and 5th in kickoff touchbacks. Thanks in large part to Sanchez’s right leg, the Colts were the NFL’s top punt coverage team last year (4.4 yards allowed per return). It was a season that should have merited more serious Pro Bowl talk.

Back in Sanchez’s rookie campaign of 2017, he ranked 4th in the league in net punting average.

Wins over Miami (by 3 points) and New York (by 1 point) late last season came in part due to Sanchez offering some key directional punting/kicking off in closing out those one-score victories.

Some credit needs to go to former Colts special teams coordinator Tom McMahon for finding Sanchez in the undrafted pool and believing he could be a starting punter.

It was Sanchez who beat out veteran Jeff Locke, who was Chris Ballard’s first free agent signing, back in 2017.

As a 2017 UDFA, Sanchez originally signed a 3-year contract for an average annual salary of just under $560,000.

Earlier this spring, Chris Ballard said as the summer arrived, some extensions were possible for retainable Colts.

We will see if Anthony Castonzo, Eric Ebron or Kenny Moore fall into this category before Training Camp arrives.

Sanchez is now under contract longer than any other Colts player.

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