But let's look at some players who aren't among the top 10 of Colts salaries in 2022.
► Jonathan Taylor, the NFL's leading rusher in his second season, is a huge bargain at $2.15 million ($1.32 million base, $813,482 signing bonus). He finished the 2021 season with 1,811 rushing yards, 40 receptions and 20 touchdowns.
► Receiver Michael Pittman Jr. — second-round 2020 NFL Draft pick like Taylor — will count $2.34 million against the salary cap ($1.39 million base, $955,973 signing bonus). He led the Colts with 88 receptions for 1,082 yards and 6 TDs.
► Linebacker Bobby Okereke, who had 132 tackles and 2 interceptions, will count $1.1 million ($965,000 base, $192,009 signing bonus).
Those are some great deals. (Salary totals are from Spotrac.)
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Now on the big-ticket players.
2022 salary: $22 million base, $6.29 roster bonus
2021 salary: $21.2 million against the cap
The Colts are giving up their first-round 2022 NFL Draft choice to the Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz completed 63% of his passes for 3,563 yards, 27 TDs and 7 INTs.
Defensive lineman DeForest Buckner
2022 salary: $11 million base, $5 million roster bonus
2021 salary: $17 million against the salary cap
In his second season with the Colts, Buckner was named to the Pro Bowl and had 68 tackles, 7 sacks and 18 quarterback hits.
Guard Quenton Nelson
2022 salary: $13.75 million base
2021 salary: $7.77 million against the salary cap
Another year, another Pro Bowl for the fourth-year player. The pay increase comes with second contract for the 2018 No. 6 overall pick.
Tackle Braden Smith
2022 salary: $5.56 million base, $3 million signing bonus, $3 million roster bonus
2021 salary: $6.36 million against the salary cap
Smith's pay hike also reflects the start of his second contract. He was a second-round 2018 NFL Draft pick.
Linebacker Darius Leonard
2022 salary: $6.9 million base, $4 million signing bonus
2021 salary: $8.22 million against the salary cap
The perennial Pro Bowl linebacker has a new deal. He also was a second-round draft pick in 2018. He had 121 tackles, 7 forced fumbles and 4 interceptions in the 2021 season.
Defensive lineman Grover Stewart
2022 salary: $7.03 million base, $1.25 million signing bonus, $2.34 million roster bonus
2021 salary: $8.23 million against the salary cap
The Colts clearly value this under-the-radar contributor. The fourth-round draft pick in 2017 was in on 46 tackles.
Center Ryan Kelly
2022 salary: $3.5 million base, $4 million roster bonus
2021 salary: $7.9 million against the salary cap
The fifth-year player and first-round draft pick (No. 18 overall) in 2016 has joined the list of Colts who regularly make the Pro Bowl.
Tight end Jack Doyle
2022 salary: $4.7 million base, $750,000 signing bonus, $750,000 roster bonus
2021 salary: $5.69 million against the salary cap
The veteran tight end will be in the final year of his deal, though the 31-year-old is considering retirement. In his 9th season with the Colts, he had 29 catches for 302 yards and 3 TDs.
Cornerback Kenny Moore
2022 salary: $5.75 million base, $250,000 roster bonus
2021 salary: $6.38 million against the salary cap
Moore, who developed as a special teams contributor, earned his first Pro Bowl berth in 2021. He had 102 tackles and 4 INTs.
Running back Nyheim Hines
2022 salary: $3.3 million base, $1.5 million signing bonus, $340,000 roster bonus
2021 salary: $2.68 million against the salary cap
The Colts' multi-purpose contributor is valued in the running game, passing game and as a punt returner. He had 586 total yards on offense and 3 TDs.
This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Colts salary cap 2022: Carson Wentz, Darius Leonard, others salaries