As NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday, the Colts made Darius Leonard the highest paid ILB as announced on Sunday. Leonard and the Colts have agreed to a five-year, $99.25 million extension and it includes $52.5 million in guaranteed money and is scheduled to pay Leonard $20 million per year over the first three years, Rapoport added.
Leonard has been named an All-Pro in each of his three seasons, including two first-team selections in 2018 and 2020. The former second-round pick has been an instant and consistent producer, averaging 9.9 tackles per game in his three-year career while leading the league in tackles in 2018 and twice finishing in the top eight in the NFL in the category.
The former South Carolina State Bulldog is known in the NFL for being capable of playing sideline to sideline and can cover even the speediest back out of the backfield. He can also cover Tight Ends as well and harass QB’s on an occasion. Sure tackler and even offers support when teams run the ball up the middle at the point of attack.
Leonard’s deal was the latest and perhaps greatest in terms of importance to the Colts, who have made it a priority to secure their key players’ services for years to come. The former Bulldog star was a key on the defense to helping the Colts return to the playoffs and hopes he helps lead them to the Super Bowl.