By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Indianapolis Colts have re-signed center Ryan Kelly. He received a four-year extension that is worth $50 million.
This deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, is worth $34 million in guaranteed money. He is now signed through the 2024 season.
“I was like, ‘I don’t want to go play in Seattle. It’s too far away,'” Kelly, a West Chester, Ohio, native recalled telling his agent at the time. “‘Indianapolis is two hours from my house. This would be awesome to have my parents come see all my games, and my grandpa — all my grandparents, aunts and uncles.'”
With this contract, he is now the highest paid center in the NFL. It’s a surprising deal, as Kelly has dealt with injuries in his young career.
Despite battling injuries, he did start all 16 games during the 2019 season. He will be 27 during the upcoming 2020 season.
He has been one of the focal points of the Colts offensive line that has several stellar pieces. With Kelly in the middle, he’s supposed to be surrounded by Anthony Castonzo and Quenton Nelson on the left side and Mark Glowinski and Braden Smith on the right side.
Kelly was a first-round pick by the Colts during the 2016 NFL Draft. He has made 51 appearances, including 51 starts, after being drafted.
Only twice during his career has he started all 16 games in a season, which came in 2016 and 2019. In 2017, however, he started seven games
In 2018, he missed four games and started 12 games.
The Colts will hope that they could get the same production out of him, like they did during the 2016 and 2019 seasons. If he gets hurt and has to miss time, Joey Hunt is listed as his backup for the 2020 season.
“This has been my home; I bought a house here after my rookie year, and really just love the city,” Kelly told reporters on Thursday night, shortly after signing his deal. “I stay here year-round because I love it so much, and so there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.”