Colts agree to terms with Ryan Kelly
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indianapolis Colts wasted no time locking up their center of the future.
Six days after using the 18th overall pick in the NFL Draft on Alabama’s Ryan Kelly, they agreed to terms on a four-year contract.
Financial details are not immediately available, but the league’s rookie wage scale offers parameters of what Kelly can expect. Last year’s 18th overall pick, cornerback Marcus Peters, signed a four-year, $9.584 million contract with the Kansas City Chiefs that included a $5.23 million signing bonus. The deal was fully guaranteed.
Kelly can anticipate a slight increase with his contract.
The Colts considered Kelly a critical target as they looked to upgrade their offensive line and provide stability at the position for quarterback Andrew Luck. Over the past four seasons, the team started five different centers.
On Monday, the team waived center Khaled Holmes.
Kelly is the first of the Colts’ eight draft picks to agree to terms. They signed last year’s first-round pick, wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, on May 27. The rookie wage scale has made getting draft picks under contract much easier.