Entering a contract year, Kenny Moore II speaks on his uncertain future with Colts

• Kenny Moore II is entering the final season of his current contract with the Indianapolis Colts.

• The veteran defensive back recently talked about his future with the team.

June 14, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore II (23) works
June 14, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore II (23) works / IndyStar-USA TODAY Sports

Kenny Moore II is preparing for his seventh season in the NFL. He wasn’t drafted by the Indianapolis Colts and he didn’t sign with them after going undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft. However, Indy is the only team he’s ever played with. He, of course, was first signed by the New England Patriots, but was claimed by the Colts after the Pats released him ahead of his rookie season.

The rest is history. Moore has since gone on to claim many different individual titles. He’s been called the best undrafted player in the league, the most underrated player in the NFL, and the best slot corner in football. While all those things are debatable, what isn’t debatable is that he’s been an important defender for the Colts the last six seasons.

As one of the longest-tenured players on the team, Moore’s been somewhat of a staple in Indianapolis. However, his future with the team has recently become a question mark for the first time in his career. After unsuccessfully attempting to get a contract extension last offseason, there were rumors that Moore could be traded. An underwhelming season in 2022 didn’t help.

However, Moore is still with the Colts, and as he prepares for year seven, and the final season of his contract, he’s making it clear that he wants to remain in Indianapolis.

Kenny Moore II hopes to stay with the Colts after 2023

Speaking with the media during training camp, Moore was asked if he wanted to remain with Indy after this upcoming season. He quickly responded with an emphatic yes. However, Moore was understanding that he doesn’t know how things will unfold, he can only control what he can control.

In order to prove his value to the Colts, or any team, he has to be on the field and play well. Just two years ago, Moore played in all 17 games for Indianapolis and was a Pro Bowler. However, in 2022, he only played 12 games, and his production dipped.

Now, in his second season with defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, Moore is ready to get back to playing elite football. Bradley is also working on ways to maximize Moore’s strengths. The Colts will certainly need Moore to play well. With such a young secondary, he’ll need to lead the group and get the young DBs prepared. If Moore can do that, and play well, he has a chance to be extended by Indy.