Report: Colts, Leonard working on record extension
Darius Leonard is apparently the next linebacker in line to ink a lucrative contract extension.
The Indianapolis Colts and the All-Pro defender are working on a new deal that is expected to keep Leonard around for four more seasons and pay him over $19 million annually, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The news comes just hours after the San Francisco 49ers reportedly handed linebacker Fred Warner a five-year, $95-million extension. Warner's $19-million average annual salary would set a new record at the position.
Leonard praised Warner for the new contract on social media.
The 25-year-old took NFL by storm after entering as a second-round pick in 2018, leading the league in tackles during his freshman campaign. Leonard - who's earned two Pro Bowl nods - has appeared in 42 regular-season games over three years, averaging 138 tackles, five sacks, and three forced fumbles per season.
The 2018 Defensive Rookie of the Year is going into the last season of his rookie deal and is set to earn $3.4 million in 2021.
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