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Colts Waive Former All-Pro LB Shaquille Leonard

The Indianapolis Colts have waived four-time All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard.

Leonard, a three-time first-team AP All-Pro, three-time Pro Bowler and 2018 Defensive Rookie of the Year, has not been an every-down linebacker this season, and he has expressed his frustrations with it during media sessions. He has started nine of the Colts' 10 games but has been limited to primarily playing on first and second downs.

In 2021, the Colts signed him to a five-year, $99.25 million contract, including a $52.5 million guaranteed.

He dealt with numerous injuries last season, which limited him to appearing in just three games.

"Shaq is the ultimate competitor and has been a fan favorite since he arrived as a rookie in 2018," general manager Chris Ballard said in a statement. "We are incredibly grateful for his contributions to the team and the city of Indianapolis over the last six seasons. We wish him the best, and he will always be a valued member of the Horseshoe."

Leonard now goes on waivers and is more than likely going to clear. If a team claims him, they would inherit $6.11 million on the salary cap for the remainder of this season, a hefty number to add at this time of year.