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Will Fries Signs Rookie Contract, Will Wear No. 75 With Indianapolis Colts

Former Penn State football offensive lineman Will Fries has officially signed his NFL rookie contract with the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

According to FOX59, it’s a four-year contract worth $3,565,376 with an $85,376 signing bonus.

Additionally, the organization revealed via Twitter that Fries will don No. 75 on the gridiron after wearing No. 71 during his Penn State career. Both Micah Parsons and Odafe Oweh’s NFL jersey numbers were released Wednesday, and Fries now becomes the third Nittany Lion from the 2021 draft to receive a jersey number thus far.

During his career in Happy Valley, Fries appeared in 48 games and started 42 of them. His versatility was on full display in those 42 starts, as he started games at both tackle and guard spots during his tenure at Penn State.

His success as a Nittany Lion led to him being drafted in the seventh round of this year’s draft with the No. 248 overall pick. He was third of three consecutive Penn Staters drafted in the seventh round, joining Shaka Toney and Michal Menet.

Fries joins an offensive line with the Colts that is coached by Chris Strausser, who owns 33 years of coaching experience between college and the NFL. Additionally, Fries will aim to earn significant playing time to block for new Colts quarterback Carson Wentz.

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Gabe Angieri

Gabe is a sophomore majoring in journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He grew up in Lindenhurst, New York, and has had the absolute misfortune of rooting for the Jets, Mets, and Knicks. If you want to see his bad sports takes, follow him on Twitter @gabeangieri and direct all hate mail and death threats to [email protected]

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