Colts LB Shaquille Leonard breaks silence on frustration over his current limited role

Colts defender Shaquille Leonard expresses frustration with his current limited role Colts defender Shaq Leonard appears to want a full-time role, but he will still be used in a platoon in a short time.
Indianapolis Colts starting quarterback Shaquille Leonard expressed frustration Thursday with his limited role, as it appears he will still be replaced on a regular basis by teammate E.J.
Vitesse on predictably future dropped passes/nickels (via Dave Griffiths of FOX59/CBS4): Earlier this season, Colts defensive coordinator Gus Bradley indicated that the team is increasing Leonard’s snap count to get the whole thing done in November, but that no longer appears to be in the cards given his recent play and production.
Like to guess?
It’s early November and it doesn’t look like Leonard’s role is going to change anytime soon.
To the Colts’ credit, they gave Leonard enough time to return to his former All-Pro form.
He has played 367 snaps compared to Speed’s 292 snaps so far this Colts season.
However, Leonard still doesn’t look like “The Crazy One” and it’s unknown if he will ever look like that again after two back surgeries.
This is clearly a difficult situation for both sides.
The 4x NFL All-Pro must realize he’s falling short of his former superstar form and his massive contract — one with a $19.
8 million cap hit in 2023.
However, Leonard , the main contender, probably still thinks he eventually can – if he keeps shaking off the rust and working at it.
Leonard has certainly looked better in recent games, showing off some familiar flashes, but it’s still a far cry from what he’s used to.
Ultimately, the Colts may find themselves at a crossroads with arguably their greatest quarterback in franchise history.
Leonard has a cap hit of $20.
124 million in 2024 with a dead cap hit of $8 million, and the team could save about $12 million by releasing him next season.
Perhaps the Colts could give him another year to try to get back to the Maniac, but it’s hard to see Leonard fulfilling his entire contract as it stands, which expires in 2026.

 

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