Anthony Castonzo agrees to 2-year, $33 million extension with Colts
The Indianapolis Colts are uncertain who their quarterback will be in 2020, but at the least, they have someone to protect their blindside next season. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Anthony Castonzo has agreed to a two-year, $33 million extension with Indianapolis.
The Colts announced the deal but didn’t disclose the official terms.
After the 2019 season had concluded, Castonzo admitted that he would be contemplating retirement. However, after considering his options, the veteran left tackle announced that he would be returning in 2020.
Nearly two weeks after making his return official, Castonzo has become one of the highest-paid offensive tackles in the NFL. Last offseason, Trent Brown signed a four-year, $66 million contract with the Raiders to become the highest-paid tackle in the league.
Ever since being drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Castonzo has anchored the left tackle position for the Colts. Despite his consistency over the years, he has surprisingly failed to make a Pro Bowl or All-Pro team.
Just this past season, Castonzo allowed three sacks on 1,076 offensive snaps. Now, he is being rewarded for being one of the best left tackles in the NFL.
With Castonzo commanding $16.5 annually on his new contract, it increases the market for offensive tackles in free agency. More specifically, notable left tackles in the upcoming free agency period should be prepared to land lucrative deals.
Also, for the Colts, keeping Castonzo was a priority of theirs with the uncertainty surrounding their quarterback position for next season. If most people were offered $16.5 million a year to avoid retirement, they’d probably do exactly what Anthony Castonzo did.