The Colts punter got himself an extension and a nice little pay day to go with it. Sanchez has been the Colts’ punter for the last two years.
Rigoberto Sanchez was signed as an undrafted free agent back in 2017 to compete with Jeff Locke, whom the Colts had traded a seventh round pick for. Locke wasn’t good enough in camp, so Sanchez won the job. Now Sanchez is being locked down as the team punter for years to come.
The Colts signed Sanchez to a four-year extension worth $11.6 million according to ESPN’s Field Yates. That means he is now signed for a total of five seasons worth $12.245 million. That’s a pretty good pay day for a punter, especially one who hasn’t been to a Pro Bowl.
Sanchez essentially took over for Pat McAfee, who unexpectedly retired after the 2016 season. Since then, Sanchez has seized his moment. He has a career long punt of 63 yards, and his net punting average for his career is 43.7 yards.
Locking up a young punter is a good move for the Colts. It means they won’t have to spend a draft pick on one any time soon. Sanchez has proven to be a solid guy who can flip the field and change field position well for the team. A good punter cannot be underestimated.
Sanchez is only approaching his third year in the league, so he should only get better. He has plenty of time to hone his craft. Now he can do so without fear of losing his job.