All-Pro LB Shaquille Leonard on His Future in NFL: “Just Waiting on That Opportunity”

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard in October 2022
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard in October 2022. Photo by John Mersits/CSM/Shutterstock (13581994b)

Despite NFL training camp approaching fast and the majority of free agency activity wrapped up, linebacker Shaquille Leonard is still on the market. This is somewhat unusual for a player who was named First-team All-Pro three times, but Leonard isn’t losing hope that a call will come soon.

Speaking with reporters about his future at the recent event hosted by his Maniac Foundation, Leonard said that he is currently “enjoying life” and “just waiting on that opportunity.”

“I’m more so just sitting back, getting the body healthy, and whenever the opportunity presents itself, we’ll give it a try,” Leonard said. “I just continue to be me by working hard.”

However, if no team decides to take a flier on Leonard, he will walk away from the league with a sense of accomplishment.

If it happens, it happens. If it don’t, it don’t. I think throughout my career, I’ve had a great career, even if I do step away from it,” he added.

Shaquille Leonard entered the league in 2018 as the Indianapolis Colts’ second-round pick. Leonard was an All-Pro player in all of his first four years as a pro while also receiving three Pro Bowl nods. However, back surgery in 2022 ended up changing the trajectory of his career.

After several setbacks, Leonard was limited to just three games in 2022 before being waived by the Colts in Week 10 of the 2023 season. He would go on to spend the remainder of the campaign with the Philadelphia Eagles, totaling 23 tackles and 1.0 sacks in five games.

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