Colts re-sign two starters, add first outside addition

Mar. 12—INDIANAPOLIS — On the eve of the NFL's new league year, the Indianapolis Colts re-signed a pair of starters and added their first outside free agent of the offseason.

According to multiple reports, the Colts reached an agreement Tuesday to bring back versatile cornerback Kenny Moore II on a three-year contract reportedly worth $30 million.

Punter Rigoberto Sanchez also reportedly will return on a three-year, $7.5 million deal. That brings the total to five in-house free agents re-signed this offseason and one extended.

The first newcomer of the bunch is former Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Raekwon Davis, who reportedly agreed to a two-year deal for $14 million.

Davis' contract cannot be signed until the league year officially begins Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The 26-year-old started seven games last season for Miami and recorded 28 tackles, one-half sack, two tackles for loss and six quarterback hits.

A second-round draft pick out of Alabama in 2020, the 6-foot-7, 325-pounder has recorded 129 tackles, two sacks, five tackles for loss and 10 quarterback hits while making 48 starts in 63 total appearances.

In Indianapolis, Davis likely will serve as a rotational player and be the primary backup for nose tackle Grover Stewart — who agreed to a new three-year, $39 million deal Monday.

Moore originally signed with the Colts off waivers from the New England Patriots prior to the 2017 season, which was general manager Chris Ballard's first year in charge.

A long-time Ballard favorite, Moore enjoyed a strong bounce-back season in 2023 with 93 tackles, three interceptions, six pass breakups, 1.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss.

His new deal makes him the highest-paid slot cornerback in NFL history, an unlikely outcome following his tumultuous 2022 campaign.

Moore staged a soft holdout during offseason workouts — appearing at practices and attending meetings but not participating in on-field drills — then struggled to adapt to new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley's scheme.

An ankle injury cost him the final five games of the season, and he failed to record an interception for the only time in his seven-year pro career.

Offseason conversations with Ballard, new head coach Shane Steichen, Bradley and defensive backs coach Ron Milus helped Moore again feel comfortable in the city he considers his second home. And the results were evident on the field.

Two of Moore's three interceptions in 2023 were returned for touchdowns, both against Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Bryce Young.

Moore has 413 tackles, 17 interceptions, 55 pass breakups, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 9.5 sacks and 32 tackles for loss while making 89 career starts in 103 appearances.

Sanchez missed all of 2022 with a torn Achilles' tendon but returned last season and set career highs with a 48.3-yard punting average and a 42.8-yard net average.

He dropped 30.9% of his attempts inside the opponent's 20-yard line and did not record a touchback on 68 attempts.

Sanchez also has been with the Colts since Ballard's first year in 2017, signing as an undrafted free agent out of Hawaii and winning a summer competition to replace fan-favorite Pat McAfee.

Over six seasons with Indianapolis, Sanchez has averaged 45.7 yards per punt and dropped 37.1% of his kicks inside the opponent's 20-yard line.