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Pitt Draft Selection Inks Rookie Deal with Indianapolis Colts



Pitt football’s highest draft pick of the 2024 NFL Draft has reportedly put pen to paper for their first professional contract.

According to MLFootball, offensive lineman Matt Goncalves has signed a four-year rookie contract with the Indianapolis Colts. The monetary amount is still unknown.

The 6-foot-6, 327-pound offensive tackle was selected by the Colts in the third round with the 79th overall pick on April 26.

His senior season with Pitt was cut short due to a toe injury, which required surgery. He started in the three games that he suited up for.

In 2022, Goncalves earned third-team All-ACC honors after racking up 830 snaps last season.

Throughout his time with the Panthers, he made 11 starts at left tackle and 13 starts at right tackle, finishing his career with 35 appearances. According to Pro Football Focus, Goncalves didn’t allow a sack in just under 1,000 offensive snaps. He allowed just 21 pressures and 15 hurries in the process.

While he did not perform at the NFL Draft Combine, Goncalves put together a solid performance at Pitt’s Pro Day with 19 reps on the bench, a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 5.06 (u) 40-yard dash.

As rookie camps started for teams across the NFL this past weekend, Goncalves has reportedly been working at right tackle, but is expected to be a swing option and could move inside as well.

With the Colts, Goncalves will officially wear No. 71 after donning 76 with the Panthers.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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15 days ago

Happy for him. He’ll do well. Just saw his draft day call with the Colts. He was a bit intense – Im sure the Colts loved it. To a fan, he seemed like he was surprised his name was called.

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