30 games without a sack says otherwise.
Did he have bad plays? Sure. Show me a player in the NFL that doesn’t.
If you don’t think the Colts are going to re-sign Nelson you aren’t listening to Ballard. He’s always talked about drafting and then keeping your own. Nelson is exactly the type of player he’s talking about when he says bills come down.
We watched the Colts handed a franchise QB in Andrew Luck and saw his career destroyed by injuries because he never really had a line in front of him. Why on earth would you want to give away your best lineman because he’s going to be expensive after seeing that? News flash good players in the NFL are expensive and you can’t build a good team nickel and dimming everywhere.
On top of that the Colts can afford Nelson. The Chiefs just gave how much to Mahomes? Yet they can still afford to pay other players. The Colts aren’t going to have any kind of contract like that for a long time thanks to not having a line to protect Luck. They can afford Nelson because while he’s going to get a record payday for a guard he’s still not going to get QB type money.
On top of that a large part of these big deals is how are they setup. Just about every deal Ballard has signed has been team friendly. I highly doubt he’s going to change that for Nelson. He will structure the contract so Nelson gets paid what he’s worth but also so it works for the Colts.
Yes the salary cap won’t let you keep everyone but unless you don’t know what you are doing with the cap it let’s you keep guys like Nelson.