The Colts have announced that they signed their long snapper to an extension. Now all of the specialists on the team have been extended this summer.
Luke Rhodes is staying with the Colts. The team announced that they have extended the long snapper. He was signed to a four-year extensions worth $5.57 million and makes him the highest-paid long snapper. It keeps the whole specialist unit intact. They are able to keep that continuity together.
Having chemistry between the long snapper, holder, and kicker is important. That allows everyone to be in sync. That chemistry helps the team score more points. More points is obviously better. But long snappers can get overlooked, and that’s a shame.
Rhodes has been pretty good for the Colts since he got signed in 2016. He hasn’t had many issues snapping the ball on field goals or punts. Snaps can be taken for granted. But now Rigoberto Sanchez, Adam Vinatieri, and Rhodes will all be together for another year.
Paying Rhodes this amount is somewhat surprising. Paying him the highest of any long snapper in football is kind of risky. But he has proved his worth. What’s crazy is that he is a former linebacker. He even played a few snaps at linebacker for the Colts back in 2016.
Hopefully, this will keep two of those specialists with the team for awhile. It’s anyone’s guess when Vinny will retire, but Sanchez and Rhodes should be with the Colts for years to come. It’s always good to have as much stability as possible at any position.