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.