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Colts’ Quenton Nelson becomes highest paid guard in NFL history with new extension: reports

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The key cog of the Indianapolis Colts' offensive line isn't going anywhere.

Colts' guard Quenton Nelson signed a four-year extension worth $80 million, with $60 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports.

The deal makes the Holmdel, N.J. product the highest-paid guard in league history.

Nelson has been everything the Colts have asked of him, and more, since they took him with the sixth pick in 2018 out of the University of Notre Dame.

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Quenton Nelson #56 of the Indianapolis Colts is seen during the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 2, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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He is a three-time First Team All Pro (2018-20) and was named a Second-Team All Pro last season. He also has made the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons.

Quenton Nelson #56 of the Indianapolis Colts in action in the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Quenton Nelson #56 of the Indianapolis Colts in action in the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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He had played in 51 straight games to begin his career before getting injured in Week 3 last year, forcing him to miss the Colts' next three games. He had played in 61 out of a possible 65 games, and he has played in 100 percent of his team's snaps in 53 of those games. He also only allowed one sack last year, according to PFF.

Nelson was the sixth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame behind guys like Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold – both of whom are now on their second team: the Carolina Panthers.

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Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) celebrates his second half rushing touchdown with Indianapolis Colts guard Quenton Nelson (56)during the football game between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 5, 2021 in Houston, TX.

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) celebrates his second half rushing touchdown with Indianapolis Colts guard Quenton Nelson (56)during the football game between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 5, 2021 in Houston, TX.
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