The Indianapolis Colts have locked in the centerpiece of their offensive line.
Center Ryan Kelly has agreed to a four-year, $50 million contract extension with the Colts, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday.
The deal makes Kelly the highest-paid center in the NFL.
Kelly, 27, became an immediate starter for the Colts after being selected with the 18th-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Over the past four seasons, Kelly has started all 51 games he’s appeared in and didn’t miss a game in 2019, which was his first Pro Bowl season.
According to Pro Football Focus, Kelly has earned the sixth-highest run-blocking grade among starting centers in the NFL and has been a catalyst for a Colts offense that feasts on the run.
Evidently, the Colts look to run even more going forward, and the three-headed RB monster of Marlon Mack, Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines will be happy to do so with Kelly leading the way.
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