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Colts, Quenton Nelson Reset the O-Line Market


NFL Week 1 – The Indianapolis Colts have made guard Quenton Nelson the highest-paid guard in NFL History. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter,  Nelson and the Colts reached a four-year extension worth $80 million on the eve of the 2022 season opener. 

According to Schefter, Nelson’s “precedent-setting” extension makes Nelson the highest-paid guard in NFL history. Nelson’s $20 million average per-year value is the fourth-highest among any lineman in the league, per OverTheCap.  

Nelson has been a fixture on the Colts’ offensive line since being drafted sixth overall in the 2018 NFL draft. He has started 61 of the 65 games since entering the league, missing four games to minor injuries and COVID. Despite the absence, Nelson finished 2021 seventh in snaps per blown block and gave up just a half sack through 13 games. 





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