Colts’ Quenton Nelson Becomes Highest Paid Guard in NFL History with New Extension: Reports

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The main cog of the Indianapolis Colts offensive line isn’t going anywhere.

Colt’s security guard Quenton Nelson signed a four-year extension worth $80 million, with $60 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports.

The deal makes the product from Holmdel, NJ the highest paid security guard in the history of the competition.

Nelson has been everything the Colts have asked of him, and more, since they pulled him out of the University of Notre Dame with sixth pick in 2018.

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He is a three-time First Team All Pro (2018-20) and was named Second-Team All Pro last season. He has also made the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons.

Quenton Nelson #56 of the Indianapolis Colts in action against the Seattle Seahawks at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Quenton Nelson #56 of the Indianapolis Colts in action against the Seattle Seahawks at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
(Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

He had played in 51 consecutive games to start his career before being injured in Week 3 last year, forcing him to miss the Colts’ next three games. He had played in 61 of the possible 65 games and he has played in 100 percent of his team’s snaps in 53 of those games. He also only allowed one bag last year, according to PFF.

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Nelson was the sixth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame behind guys like Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold — both of whom are now on their second team: the Carolina Panthers.

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The Colts open the season on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET against the Houston Texans in Houston.