Indianapolis Colts are putting their huge salary cap space to good use. The team announced on Friday that they had signed cornerback Kenny Moore to a four-year extension which will keep him with the team through 2023.
According to NFL Network, Moore’s new deal is worth $36 million with $18 million coming guaranteed. This makes the 23-year-old the highest paid slot corner in the NFL.
Moore had one year left on his deal, which pays him $645,000 in 2019 and would be a restricted free agent in the summer of 2020. While this means that Colts could have him under control for two years without having to shell out much money, the team still decided to pay him up front and lock him on a long-term deal after his breakthrough season in 2018.
After going undrafted in 2017 NFL Draft, Kenny Moore signed with the New England Patriots but failed to make the final 53-man roster. He was claimed off waivers by the Colts, starting the season as team’s fifth option on the position.
Moore worked his way up the depth chart, which earned him a starting spot in Week 13. After encouraging showings towards the end of the season, he was named Week 1 starter for 2018 and used this opportunity to the fullest by contributing 77 tackles, 1.5 sacks, three interceptions, and 11 pass deflections.