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Indianapolis Colts pick up fifth-year option on Quenton Nelson

The Indianapolis Colts picked up the fifth-year-option of three-time Pro Bowl left guard Quenton Nelson on Wednesday.

Nelson will receive $13.754 million in 2022 in the final season of his rookie deal.

Nelson was selected sixth overall in the 2018 NFL Draft and has been a major star for the Colts. He has been named first-team All-Pro in each of his three seasons.

The 25-year-old has started all 48 regular-season games and three postseason games during his career. He has allowed just three career sacks on 1,946 pass-blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus, including one in 2020.

The next step for the Colts will be trying to lock Nelson up with a big money extension that begins after 2022.

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Colts owner Jim Irsay recently referred to Nelson as a “generational player.”

“As far as leadership and the type of team guy he is, it’s off the charts,” Irsay said. “He is why the Colts are a physical team. When you’re coming to play us, you are coming to play the Big-Q and he is the guy that represents us out there and everyone on this roster knows. He is the alpha male holding it down now. That is a tough guy.

“His talents are just remarkable. If he stays healthy, he may be 14 All-Pro years in a row.”

Nelson was a college All-American for Notre Dame in 2017 prior to joining the Colts.

–Field Level Media