The Indianapolis Colts made a stunning midseason roster change.
Star forward Shaquille Leonard released a statement on social media Tuesday saying goodbye to Indianapolis and thanking Colts fans.
“Indy, I want to thank you for welcoming me and my family with open arms,” Leonard wrote. “These last 6 years have been simply amazing! Through good and bad times [sic] you all stood by my side. I’m sorry I didn’t bring that trophy back to the 317. The energy at Lucas Oil was amazing and I appreciate every memory. I’m grateful to be able to play for such an amazing fan base. I love you and wish the Colts all the best!”
After Leonard shocked the NFL world with his announcement, reports quickly surfaced that he had been fired. Colts owner Jim Irsay also released a statement thanking Leonard in a post titled “Tough Case.”
How – notes Field Yates from ESPNLeonard is owed just over $6 million for the remainder of the 2023 season. He signed a contract through 2026 with salaries of $16.1 million, $19 million and $19.6 million, although there is no longer fully guaranteed money in the contract for 2024
Leonard has been one of the best cornerbacks in football since the Colts selected him in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The 28-year-old played on four consecutive Pro Bowl teams from 2018-2021. He was also named to the All-Pro first team three times during that period.
Leonard only played in three games last season due to injury. Was openly frustrated with his lack of playing time this seasonso it’s possible the former South Carolina State star asked the Colts to release him.