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The Colts have signed right tackle Braden Smith to a four-year, $72.4 million contract extension, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The deal includes $42 million in guaranteed money.
One of the league's top right tackles, Smith cashes in after proving himself as a key member of Indianapolis' offensive line. Formerly a guard at Auburn, the 25-year-old has excelled through 43 games at right tackle in the NFL. According to an announcement from the Colts, Smith "was one of three tackles to play at least 900 snaps and not allow a sack in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus. He was also one of only five tackles to be charged with allowing one or fewer quarterback hits last season."
The Colts have placed starting RT Braden Smith on the NFL's Reserve/COVID-19 list, making him unavailable for Week 16.
With Smith out, and LT Anthony Castonzo questionable, it's going to be hard to trust Colts' RBs against a tough Pittsburgh D/ST. Jonathan Taylor can be considered a high-end RB2 due to the workload he's been getting, and Nyheim Hines an RB3.
The Indianapolis Colts have selected Auburn G Braden Smith with the 37th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Colts had needs everywhere, but one of which was on the interior offensive line. With drafting Quentin Nelson and Braden Smith, the Colts have done just that. Along with Nelson, Smith is an immediate starter.