On Monday, the Arizona Cardinals announced that they reached a new deal with their left tackle D.J Humphries on a 3-year contract extension.
With Colt’s left tackle Anthony Castonzo set to be a free agent, this will surely have an impact on his market value.
The Cardinals announced that Humphries new deal was for 3 years and 45 million dollars.
He will receive 29 million guaranteed and gets over 30 million of the new deal in the first 2 years.
The #AZCardinals have agreed with OT D.J. Humphries on a three-year, $45 million deal with $30m over the first 2 years, $29m guaranteed, sources say. Jon Perzley and Brian Mackler of @SPORTSTARSNYC were able to strike a deal with the Cards on David Johnson and now Humphries.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 18, 2020
While Humphries is younger than Castonzo, he is still not the same level as him.
With a tackle like Humphries receiving around 15 million per season and over 60% of the deal guaranteed, we can begin to have an idea on Castonzo.
If he would resign, it’s a certainty that the deal would be among the league’s highest-paid tackles.
At the top of the highest-paid tackles is Lane Johnson, who makes 18 million per season. Next is Taylor Lewan at 16 million per season.
Whether Constonzo continues his NFL career is another story.
Castonzo said at the end of the season, that retirement is an option for him as he thinks about what his football future holds.
“I’ve got some decisions to make,” Castonzo said “We’ll see what I do, and what the team does.”
“There’s a lot of things to think about.”
A first-round draft pick by the Colts in 2011, he is without a doubt, a high priority for the Colt’s to try and bring back for the 2020 NFL season.
If Costonzo chooses retirement, that would become a massive need right away for GM Chris Ballard on the offensive line.
Head coach Frank Reich repeatedly praised Constonzo’s performance during the 2019 season:
“He is playing his best ball,” Reich said. “He is playing so good right now and I think it is because he is smart, tough and he has high character and keeps working and keeps getting better and better. He takes good care of his body. He is playing at a really high level.
“His obsession with fundamentals and technique is inspiring. Just the other day he is out there in a walk-thru early and he is going through his mechanics and pass-sets before everybody else. He does it all the time. I was kidding with him, I said, ‘You’re going to be 50-years-old in your living room still doing these same pass-sets.’ But he takes it serious and it means something to him. He is physically a great player, mentally a great player and just consistent. Developing offensive game plans, when you know you have a left tackle that can do what he does, I can’t even tell you how that changes game planning. It changes game planning and he is making an impact really on every play we have.”
“I think he’s the best left tackle in football,” Reich added about Castonzo during Monday’s final press conference of the season.
Constanzo also was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2019 and did not miss a game.NEXT: Should The Colts Pursue Chris Harris Jr. In Free Agency?