Indianapolis Colts All-Pro LB Darius Leonard has agreed to terms on a five-year, $99.25 million contract extension to become the highest-paid ILB, including $52.5 million guaranteed, per Ian Rapoport. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Leonard will earn $20 million per year across the next three seasons after receiving either Pro-Bowl or All-Pro nominations in each of his first three years in the league. The 26-year old recorded 132 tackles, seven pass deflections, seven TFLs, and three forced fumbles across 14 games to help the Colts reach the AFC Wild Card game against the Buffalo Bills in 2020. First-round rookie DE Kwity Paye adds another dynamic defensive lineman alongside DeForest Buckner, allowing Leonard to monitor the middle of the field with the fierce intensity he brings on every play. He should be a perennial All-Pro linebacker in Indianapolis for years to come.