Braden Smith and the Indianapolis Colts are beginning training camp on a very prosperous note. On Wednesday, the club announced that it has agreed to terms on a contract extension with their starting right tackle. As for the specifics of this extension, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports that it is for four years and includes $70 million in new money. Smith was entering the final year of his rookie deal and was set to make $2.4 million. The 25 year old now sees $42 million of that new $70 million guaranteed, per Fowler.
Smith has spent his entire NFL career with the Colts after the team selected him in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Auburn. To this point, he's been a solid as they come on the right side of Indy's offensive line, with head coach Frank Reich even noting last December that he is "one of the better right tackles in the league."
Last season, Smith was one of just three tackles to play at least 900 snaps and not allow a sack, according to Pro Football Focus. Smith also was one of only five tackles to allow one or fewer quarterback hits in 2020, which shows why the Colts were eager to get this extension done and solidify him at that spot for years to come.
With this deal, Smith is linked to Indianapolis through the 2025 season.