USC’s Michael Pittman Jr. inks three-year extension with Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts are finalizing a three-year, $70 million deal with Michael Pittman, Jr., according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and

Rapoport notes it will be a three-year deal with a base value of $70 million. $46 million of that total is guaranteed, and Pittman could earn up to $71.5 million. This deal will take the place of his $21.8 million franchise tag.

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The USC Trojan legend was a second-round pick for the Colts in 2020. He will be entering his fourth year with the team in 2024. He had a career year last season, with highs in receptions (109) and yards (1,152). He hauled in four touchdowns.

In his career, he has 336 receptions for 3,662 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns.

The Colts secured the No. 1 target for franchise quarterback Anthony Richardson. Given the overall makeup of their receiver corps, they could use a second high-end receiver to put on the other side of the field opposite Pittman. The Colts have the No. 15 pick and might want to trade up into the top eight. Why the top eight and not the top nine? The Chicago Bears are at No. 9 and are highly unlikely to give up that pick, given the need to draft an elite receiver such as Rome Odunze for Caleb Williams. If the Colts want Odunze, they probably have to move in front of the Bears, hence the top eight.

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