Colts, Anthony Richardson agree to $34million deal, clearing the way to his first NFL training camp
- Richardson was one of the few remaining first-round picks who was unsigned
- Indy drafted Richardson fourth behind fellow QBs Bryce Young and CJ Stroud
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Anthony Richardson and the Indianapolis Colts agreed to terms Monday on four-year, $34 million contract that’s fully guaranteed, according to multiple reports.
Richardson’s agent did not immediately return DailyMail.com’s request for confirmation.
The quarterback prospect was one of the few remaining first-round picks who remained unsigned with training camps either underway or about to begin.
The Colts are counting on the former Florida star to provide some long-term stability at the sport’s most important position. They drafted Richardson fourth overall behind 2021 Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud but ahead of Kentucky’s Will Levis.
The 6-foot-4, 232-pound Richardson posted the fastest 40-yard dash time (4.43 seconds) along with the best vertical jump (40 1/2 inches) and broad jump (10 feet, 9 inches) of the 15 quarterbacks at the NFL combine.
Anthony Richardson and the Indianapolis Colts agreed to terms Monday on a four-year deal
He was a no-brainer for the Colts, who went 4-12-1 last season with three different starters. The question now is when will Richardson take over. A franchise that has had six different starters in as many seasons will chose between journeyman Gardner Minshew and Richardson during camp and the preseason.
The Colts are convinced Richardson can help them re-emerge as a playoff contender perhaps sooner than many expect. They’re also hoping he can become the long-term solution the franchise has sought since Andrew Luck’s surprise retirement in 2019.
Richardson started just 13 games in college and completed only 53.8 percent of his passes in 2022.
He joins an offense that includes running back Jonathan Taylor, who had 1,811 yards in 2021 before some injury issues last year, and receiver Michael Pittman Jr., who recorded 187 catches for 10 touchdowns and 2,007 yards over the last two seasons.
Unfortunately for Indianapolis, the team managed just 311.6 yards of offense per game in 2022 – better than just five other teams.