The Indianapolis Colts have signed nearly their entire 11-man draft class as they began rookie minicamp on Friday.
The Colts had one of the biggest draft classes in franchise history as general manager Chris Ballard continues to build a core of young talent in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis’ front office was able to get a majority of them under contract before they took the field for the first time in a Colts uniform at rookie minicamp.
Guard Quenton Nelson, defensive end Kemoko Turay, defensive end Tyquan Lewis, running back Nyheim Hines, wide receiver Daurice Fountain, running back Jordan Wilkins, wide receiver Deon Cain, linebacker Matthew Adams, and fellow linebacker Zaire Franklin have all signed their rookie contracts and are ready to contribute to this team.
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There is plenty of time for each of them to reach an agreement with the Colts’ front office before the preseason rolls around.
Most rookie contracts are predetermined by rules in the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, so there aren’t many issues to be negotiated in these deals.
Sixth overall pick Quenton Nelson signed a four-year contract that will contain a team option for the fifth year, and it will be worth $23.888 million guaranteed with a $15,453 signing bonus. Nelson would have to be a major bust for the Colts to decline that fifth year option.
Getting most of these rookies under contract allows them to turn their full focus to football as they learn from the Colts’ new coaching staff.
Fans should be excited to see what this group can do in 2018 and beyond.