The struggling Indianapolis Colts made a shocking decision ahead of their Week 8 clash with the Washington Commanders. Head coach Frank Reich made a complete change at quarterback and will bench veteran Matt Ryan for second-year pro Sam Ehlinger.
Reich's decision comes with a number of questions, notably from the fact Indianapolis took on a huge salary load to acquire the longtime Atlanta Falcon. Ryan's $18.7 million cap hit (and $35.2 million next year) is a lot of money to be sitting on the bench.
NFL insider Dan Graziano recently explained this decision, and even pointed to a reason why he thinks Ryan will never play another down for the Colts.
Ryan was clearly banged up in Indianapolis' Week 7 loss to the Tennessee Titans, and that's what the Colts' front office fears most.
Graziano explains the Colts are on the hook for $12 million in guaranteed salary next year. They also have an extra $17 million "guaranteed against injury." This means if Ryan suffers a season-ending injury, the Colts will owe the veteran QB $29 million in 2023 instead of the initial $12 million figure.
With these details in mind, Colts fans may change their tune about the QB change. This isn't simply a case of the franchise punting away their season, but rather an incredibly savvy business move.
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