The Indianapolis Colts have returned for training camp and Kenny Moore was also present despite a desire for a new contract.
Back during OTAs, the media noticed that Kenny Moore was present but that he wasn’t participating. Everyone then learned that Moore was sitting out because of a desire for a new contract. Although he has two years remaining on his deal, Moore believes he has outplayed the remaining value.
While that may be true, the Indianapolis Colts weren’t really eager to meet any demands for a player with two remaining years on a deal. This led to a rather mild tension that had a chance to get worse if Kenny Moore decided to hold out of training camp. However, Moore reported to camp and it seems as if he and the Colts are putting the contract dispute on hold for now.
On Tuesday’s report day, Moore and general manager Chris Ballard spoke with the media and answered questions about the contract situation. Kenny didn’t feed much into contract talks, saying, “I’m just ready to play football for this team, this city … let’s go.”
Ballard, on the other hand, echoed his love for Kenny Moore and his talent but made the case that it’s time to play football.
Kenny Moore is now focused on football
Playing football is what Kenny Moore has been excelling at for the last four years. He’s turned into a do-it-all defender for the Colts and his versatility has been recognized league-wide. He made the first Bowl of his career last season and many consider him the best slot cornerback in football.
However, it’s the nickel/slot cornerback designation that Moore kind of has a problem with because, in a way, it allows for him to not make the same money as a top corner. Though, there’s a pretty solid argument that Kenny Moore does more for his defense than most traditional outside corners.
However, it doesn’t seem like the Colts will be entertaining his case for more money right now, so Moore will just have to go and ball out. If he’s able to put another productive season on his resume, he’ll have a very strong case next season and Indy will likely be far more willing to negotiate with him when he has one year remaining on his deal.