Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is due for a massive contract extension by the start of the season. The 26-year-old quarterback doesn’t seem to be worried about all of the noise surrounding his extension, however.
The Indianapolis Colts drafted Andrew Luck out of Stanford with the first pick of the 2012 draft. Since then, Luck has racked up nearly 15,000 yards, 101 touchdowns and has broken numerous team and NFL records.
Perhaps one of his worst years in the league came at a time when he had spent more time injured than he did actually on the field — such was the case in 2015 when he appeared in just seven games after suffering multiple injuries throughout the campaign.
Many critics have downplayed Luck’s ability as a football player after his down season, but the Colts and Luck know just exactly what he’s capable of when fully healthy. He led the league in touchdowns in 2014 in only his third year, and had carried the Colts all the way to the AFC Championship game.
Now, it is about time for the Colts to re-sign their franchise quarterback to big bucks. Owner Jim Irsay has expressed his desire to get a deal done by July 4th before the start of training camp, and it is appearing as if that is a very attainable goal at this point.
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There has been a lot of rumors amongst the media and the league as to exactly how large Luck’s extension will be — some that say Luck could become the highest-paid player in NFL history. A lot of the noise isn’t distracting the quarterback though.
“I know I’m a Colt and I’m going to do the best job I can for this team no matter what the situation is. So it doesn’t weigh on me,” Luck said, per Mike Wells of ESPN.
Regardless of whether or not Luck signs his extension either before or after training camp, it’s not really something that has phased him all too much:
"As far as the importance of getting it done or not, if it happens [before training camp], great,” he said Thursday. “If it doesn’t happen [before training camp], great too. I know I’m a Colt and I’m going to do the best job I can for this team no matter what the situation is. So it doesn’t weigh on me."
The Colts’ front-office also appears more-than-confident of a deal eventually getting done as well.
“We have a great relationship and I see something getting done,” Irsay said. “It’s not easy. It’s obviously going to be a big number, and we want to make sure the contract is something that’s Colt-friendly as we approach even the next decade.”
During the course of the Colts’ disappointing 2015 season and all of the speculation surround the relationship between Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano, some had even gone as far as to say that Luck should at least test the market and find a team that would better suit him during his prime years. While that alone is a bit of an overreaction, it’s good to see that both the player and the front-office are on the same page and working well together to get something in place.
The Colts are about to have Luck locked up during his prime years in Indianapolis, so now fans can take a deep breath knowing that they are still in good hands moving forward.