Ryan Kelly is old school, which means the anchor to the Indianapolis Colts offensive line shrugged about the distinction of becoming the NFL’s highest-paid center with a four-year, $50-million extension on Thursday afternoon.
The fifth-year pro said he would probably celebrate by picking up a six-pack of beer and a pizza on the way home from the Colts complex. Or maybe even buy a set of tires.
Contract terms, which include $34 million guaranteed, were first reported by ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
“I guess the one thing I’ve learned in this business is even if you’re the highest-paid, you’re going to be the highest-paid for it could be a week, it could be a year,” Kelly said in a Zoom video call. “Someone is going to jump you eventually.
“I’m sure when the first $30 million quarterback happened, everybody was like, ‘Ooh, holy crap.’ But in my opinion, it’s about going out there every single day and doing my job. That’s honestly what I care about doing. You don’t play the game for free. You’re going out there and putting your body on the line every single Sunday. It’s awesome.”
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