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cap, Rudolph has declined to take an outright pay cut.
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cap, Rudolph has declined to take an outright pay cut.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — All Kenny Moore II needed was a chance. Now the Indianapolis Colts cornerback has a starting job and a lucrative new contract.Less than three years after entering the league as an undrafted rookie http://www.seahawkscheapshops.com/cheap-...ton-jersey , Moore was rewarded by the Colts with a four-year deal that will keep their top three cornerbacks together through 2021.Financial details were not immediately available, but NFL Network reported the deal would make Moore the league’s highest-paid slot cornerback.“There’s a lot of odds against you, but its possible (to make it),” he said Friday after the team’s final offseason workout. “They believe in me.”It’s a remarkable ascension for Moore, who didn’t play high school football until his senior year. That came at the urging of a friend, who lost his starting job when he was booted off the team. Moore considered joining the Air Force after high school, but played at his hometown college of Valdosta State in Georgia. He appeared in 46 games, including 10 as a freshman.But at 5-foot-9 Moore was overlooked by NFL scouts.Instead, he signed with New England as an undrafted rookie in May 2017, was released during September’s final cutdown and claimed by the Colts off waivers the next day — after a team scout convinced general manager Chris Ballard that Moore’s long arms made up for his lack of height.He made an immediate impression.Moore recorded 37 tackles in 16 games as a rookie. Last season, he won the starting job, led the team with three interceptions and finished fifth with 77 tackles.That was all Ballard and coach Frank Reich needed to see.“Kenny is the consummate pro Gary Jennings Jr. Jersey ,” Reich said. “It’s not only a high level of play, it’s the consistency of play that I really think he embodies. We saw his play-making ability last year on the ball, sack, blitzer, but just really the way he brings that energy every day out at practice. And in the community, he’s a leader.”Moore could’ve become a restricted free agent in March, but apparently Ballard didn’t want to take the risk.So he stuck to his philosophy of re-signing Colts players’ first, even after using a second-round draft pick on cornerback Rock Ya-Sin in April. Ballard has given three players — Moore, punter Rigoberto Sanchez and long snapper Luke Rhodes — contract extensions during the last week.“He has made it clear that those three guys are what being a Colt is all about,” Reich said. “I’m so excited for them. I think that sends the right message. Those are the kinds of guys you want around for the long term.”Keeping Moore should give the secondary some long-term continuity.Pierre Desir, the other starting cornerback, signed a three-year deal in March http://www.seahawkscheapshops.com/cheap-...nes-jersey , Ya-Sin already has signed his three-year rookie contract and Moore has his big deal, too.“Along the process, I grew a passion for (football), I grew a love for it,” he said. “I learned how to believe in myself, to trust myself, in my own ability.” EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — As a ninth-year veteran on an expiring contract with a team in a tight salary cap situation, tight end Kyle Rudolph has no guarantee he’ll get to continue his career with the Minnesota Vikings.That so-far-unfulfilled desire for clarity on his football future has not stopped him from making spring workouts a priority.“I could have easily skipped optional practice, but that’s not what a leader of this team does. These guys expect to see me out here each and every day, and I’m going to do that,” Rudolph said Ugo Amadi Jersey , later adding: “I don’t know what kind of example it would set if I said I wanted to be here, and I wasn’t here.”Carrying a $7.625 million charge against the cap, Rudolph has declined to take an outright pay cut. He confirmed Wednesday that the Vikings have offered him a five-year extension that would reduce his 2019 salary in exchange for a longer-term deal, but his agent, Brian Murphy, and Vikings chief negotiator Rob Brzezinski have not reached an agreement to date.If there’s a stalemate, Rudolph would be in danger of being traded or released. Such a move would not cost the team any dead money against the cap, but Rudolph said he didn’t anticipate the situation lingering until training camp.“They’re working extremely hard to get something done, and with that being said there’s plenty of other teams that are interested as well,” Rudolph said.To sign rookie center Garrett Bradbury, their first-round draft pick from North Carolina State, the Vikings had to restructure the contract of linebacker Eric Kendricks earlier this month.“We’re in a tough situation. Everybody knows that http://www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/au...ple-jersey ,” said Rudolph, a two-time Pro Bowl pick who was drafted by the Vikings in the second round in 2011.Rudolph was in New York over the weekend to receive an award for community service. He took a 6 a.m. flight on Tuesday for Minneapolis so he could arrive at the facility in time to be on the field for the first organized team practice of the spring.“I get to play a game for a living,” Rudolph said, later adding: “The business side will take care of itself. I don’t have to worry about that.”Coincidentally or not, the Vikings drafted tight end Irv Smith Jr. in the second round out of Alabama last month. But as long as they can find cap space for Rudolph they’ll certainly find room in the offense for both players in an attempt to give quarterback Kirk Cousins more viable options in the passing game.“It’s exciting. It’s an element that we’ve never had here in my nine years,” Rudolph said. “It forces defenses to play with three linebackers, and that allows us to control the game.”Said Cousins: “Kyle has done so many good things for so long, so to have him out there is a great sense of comfort. Then you add Irv’s youth and athleticism, that’s a great plus. No matter how you cut it, you’ve got five players who are eligible, and you want to get the best five.”


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