Kenny Moore has a big decision to make as Colts start mandatory minicamp
With mandatory minicamp coming up for the Indianapolis Colts, Kenny Moore could advance his contract frustrations to another level.
When the Indianapolis Colts held their first open OTA, reporters quickly noticed that Pro Bowl defensive back, Kenny Moore, was present but was not participating. They quickly learned that he wasn’t partaking in on-field activities because he is frustrated with his current contract.
Moore, who has established himself as one of the best defenders in the NFL, feels that he is underpaid by the Colts, especially considering all that he offers to the team as a player.
Head coach Frank Reich told the media that this was something Indianapolis was well aware of and that they do value Kenny Moore. However, while Reich was optimistic about a solution, he wasn’t that worried, citing that OTAs are voluntary anyway.
Well, on Tuesday, June 7, the Colts have their first mandatory phase of the offseason program with a three-day minicamp. Whether Kenny Moore shows up and participates or not will be a sign of how this contract dispute will carry on for the remainder of the offseason.
Will Kenny Moore skip Colts’ mandatory minicamp?
So far, Moore has been making his stance known but the situation is rather amicable since it’s just been voluntary OTAs. However, minicamp is a time when a line can be drawn in the sand.
Since the three-day event is mandatory, Moore will be fined if he skips it. If he opts to accept the fine and not show up, that’s essentially Kenny Moore digging his feet in the ground and standing firm on his desire for a reworked contract.
Once a contract dispute reaches that stage, things can sometimes get nasty between a team and a player. Moore could be committed to holding out and decide to ultimately sit out training camp as well. However, that will be a costly decision.
The Colts could decide to keep fining Kenny Moore and refuse to restructure his deal with two years remaining. Hopefully, things won’t get to that point and Indy and Moore can work out something before training camp arrives.
Moore is one of the most important players for Indianapolis and he is underpaid. The Colts are better with him on the field and he’s loved by the team and fans. The sooner Indianapolis can get him back on the field the better.