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Andrew Luck has no qualms about joining a team with an established quarterback

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Five days ago, Archie Manning said that he doubts that son Peyton and Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck would want to be teammates.

One day ago, Andrew Luck said he’d have no problem with that.

I’m sure it would be a positive,” Luck said regarding the possibility of joining a team with an established quarterback, according to Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun.  “I’m sure it would all work out, whatever the situation is.”

Of course, joining a team with an established quarterback would mean that Andrew Luck wouldn’t be playing as a rookie.  Given the current trend, most quarterbacks taken in the first round are playing — and those that aren’t surely want to.

“If you look at the league right now, all the rookies that are doing so well, I think it’s very possible to start,” said Luck, who was in Baltimore to accept the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

Ultimately, not much stock can be put in any of Luck’s comments, since he has yet to focus on the next phase of his career.  “I haven’t really given much thought to the different scenarios of what could happen because I’ve got a bowl game to prepare for,” Luck said.

And so we’re inclined to regard Luck’s comments as the politically correct response to a loaded question.  At this stage of the game, the last thing he needs to do is create a headline like the one Archie Manning created on Tuesday.

The time for headlines will come later, and the headlines — if any — would more likely come from Andrew’s father, Oliver, who played for the Oilers in the 1980s.

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53 Responses to “Andrew Luck has no qualms about joining a team with an established quarterback”
  1. wadecounty93 says: Dec 10, 2011 7:29 PM

    it would be nice if he could back up matt moore next year in miami and see how things go
    go fins!

  2. mrcosio says: Dec 10, 2011 7:29 PM

    Jim Irsay: Come to Daddy Andy

  3. j0esixpack says: Dec 10, 2011 7:30 PM

    I kindof doubt his agent will express the same feelings – but after all, that’s what agents are there to do – be the bad guy.

    Luck can take the high road – but I doubt he wants to sit on the bench and earn half as much as he would if he started right away and earned himself a new contract.

    With the rookie cap ending the days of $60 million guarantees without playing for it, Luck and any player drafted high has a major interest in playing their way out of their rookie contract.

  4. baous says: Dec 10, 2011 7:30 PM

    Wow. If this is true, he really will be a Colt. All this time I figured he’d force a trade out of Indy.

  5. bulldogslc says: Dec 10, 2011 7:35 PM

    Come on…he knows he’s going to the Colts and Peyton is gone….it’s win win for everyone….Manning included.

  6. qdog112 says: Dec 10, 2011 7:37 PM

    Well, now isn’t that special. He doesn’t mind going to a team with an established QB. What other nice things will he allow the NFL to do?

  7. dabears2485 says: Dec 10, 2011 7:37 PM

    Two words: Aaron Rodgers

    The guy was drafted by a team with an “established quarterback,” and now he’s widely considered the best in the league. Meanwhile, Alex Smith was thrown into the fire and is just now a worthy starter, but still a bust when you consider he was the first overall pick. A few years of sitting, learning, and earning his rookie contract wouldn’t hurt Andrew Luck. And learning from the most cerebral quarterback in the game would be ideal. I hope the Colts do draft him. Sure, they’d sacrifice taking a top talent at another position of need, but that’s acceptable to get the next franchise quarterback – especially with the current one still a question mark health-wise.

  8. greymares says: Dec 10, 2011 7:41 PM

    bulldogslc says:
    Dec 10, 2011 7:35 PM
    Come on…he knows he’s going to the Colts and Peyton is gone….it’s win win for everyone….Manning included.

    ——————————————————–where does all your infinite wisdom have Manning going and for what?

  9. green18blue52 says: Dec 10, 2011 8:01 PM

    Joesixpack…
    When did any rookie ever get 60M guaranteed? Sam Bradford is the highest paid rookie of all time and he only got 50M. Just sayin

  10. backindasaddle says: Dec 10, 2011 8:17 PM

    Archie Manning needs to shut up. If it were not for football the Manning family would be driving around the Louisiana Bayou in a 30 year old pickup truck with a confederate flag back window looking for frogs for supper.

  11. waccoforflacco says: Dec 10, 2011 8:19 PM

    Danny Snyder would love Manning for his deadskins..either by trade or tons of money

  12. nyyjetsknicks says: Dec 10, 2011 8:29 PM

    The colts are 0 – 12. They’re not just a qb away from being good. Would this team be 0 – 12 with Peyton? Of course not. Is this a super bowl team with Peyton? Nope. Having both qbs on the same team does not help the team. Someone has to be traded.

  13. emmac13 says: Dec 10, 2011 8:31 PM

    Looking how the draft order might shape up. I am guessing three possibilities. Indy, Skins, or Browns. Manning in Indy so I am not feeling it unless Peyton is traded. Grossman in Washington needs replaced not only because he sucks but he is old. Cleveland needs alot. But with 2 first round picks they keep Colt and draft a QB. Just like SD did with Brees and Rivers.

  14. whatswiththehate says: Dec 10, 2011 8:31 PM

    With almost everyone in the media annointing this kid the new “god of the NFL” there is no way he will fail. I’m sure these media folks will go all out of their way to make sure this kid is given the best before he even qualifies to be called a “bust.”

    Wow…such a contrast in how the media treated the other heisman trophy QB from last year. I guess it’s because they both have different NFL playing fathers…SMDH

  15. commandercornpone says: Dec 10, 2011 8:33 PM

    depending on who the established qb is and that qb’s health, luck could be starting before october next year.

    and saddle, if it werent for football, most of yer favorite players would still be in jail. some of them are in jail despite football.

  16. footballpupil says: Dec 10, 2011 8:33 PM

    Andrew Luck plus Peyton Manning wont last long in the NFL today in my opinion they should trade the number 1 overall pick for several 1st round picks and take trent richardson and a QB to develop that doesn’t expect to come in and start automaticaly in the second round like Nick Foles or Kirk Cousins. Even Denard Robinson would be better than no one.

  17. cornersportsnet says: Dec 10, 2011 8:47 PM

    If the colts draft luck peyton will play one or two years then hand the reigns to luck….Luck will have the luxury of learning from a legend ensuring hes a success,he a smart man taking the high road and sounding like a politician

  18. i3addog says: Dec 10, 2011 8:48 PM

    It worked for Aaron Rodgers. He backed up Favre and learned how to not suck.

  19. j0esixpack says: Dec 10, 2011 9:13 PM

    green18blue52 says: Joesixpack… When did any rookie ever get 60M guaranteed? Sam Bradford is the highest paid rookie of all time and he only got 50M. Just sayin

    Without the rookie salary cap Luck would be looking at $60 million, with 2 years of “inflation” in his favor.

    Instead he’s looking at $22 million over 4 years.

    He can sit on bench behind Manning or another starter and be content to collect $22 million

    Or he can play, show himself to be something akin to a Franchise QB, and play his way into a new contract 2 years in that’s going to give him as much or more than what Bradford got, having proven himself as a QB

    Between pride and money, no QB wants to sit on the bench and earn a fraction of what he could.

  20. ErikW65 says: Dec 10, 2011 9:23 PM

    But can the Colts afford both Luck and Peyton? And rebuild the other weaknesses?

  21. freedomispopular says: Dec 10, 2011 9:24 PM

    The whole idea of him making a power play out of Indy was generated by the media. He’s NEVER said ANYTHING that could remotely insinuate he would pull an Eli Manning/John Elway. I think this whole thing is ridiculous.

  22. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 10, 2011 9:31 PM

    Of course Luck says this. If the Colts take him, he’s in a position like Aaron Rogers or Scott Mitchell (remember him?)…..he’s going to start very quickly no matter where he goes. I am still betting Peyton doesn’t come back. Or maybe he finagles his way into the $28 million then goes….

  23. buzzbissinger says: Dec 10, 2011 9:32 PM

    Andrew Luck seems like an unselfish, intelligent person, and a true contributor to the ‘team aspect’ therefore, has no business being on the same roster as 2011 NFL MVP Manning.

  24. ravensfan4life52 says: Dec 10, 2011 9:38 PM

    yeah but he might not be willing to join a team with a terrible coaching staff and a terrible front office, so sorry Indy.

  25. franknunley57 says: Dec 10, 2011 9:54 PM

    Archie was telling the truth when he said he didn’t think Peyton & Andrew would want to be on the same team and then someone gave him a gag order. Yeah right,Peyton wants to mentor a back-up qb instead of filling multiple needs on a team without a win. These 2 families have their plan worked out already. It will be an interesting debate right up until draft day just what that plan is,BUT ONE OF THEM IS GOING. Most likely to the 49ers.

  26. 2difshoe says: Dec 10, 2011 9:56 PM

    backindasaddle says:
    Dec 10, 2011 8:17 PM
    Archie Manning needs to shut up. If it were not for football the Manning family would be driving around the Louisiana Bayou in a 30 year old pickup truck with a confederate flag back window looking for frogs for supper.

    ————————————————-

    ” looking for frogs for supper “……

    Dude, I soiled myself on that line….too funny !

  27. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 10, 2011 9:59 PM

    Don’t worry, because Manning won’t be on that roster. 2 neck surgeries and a 28 million dollar bonus coming and you think they’re going to pay that? If they threw money around like Dan Snyder they’d still be in Baltimore

  28. 4512dawg4512 says: Dec 10, 2011 10:07 PM

    RG3 to Cleveland! yes

  29. packerhater says: Dec 10, 2011 10:14 PM

    nyyjetsknicks says: Dec 10, 2011 8:29 PM

    The colts are 0 – 12. They’re not just a qb away from being good. Would this team be 0 – 12 with Peyton? Of course not. Is this a super bowl team with Peyton? Nope. Having both qbs on the same team does not help the team. Someone has to be traded.

    Why did you ask and answer you’re own questions?Why are you talking to you’re self?

  30. croghan1919 says: Dec 10, 2011 10:24 PM

    For those that think PM will WANT to be traded if the Colts draft Luck, maybe consider this:
    What improves his chances of another SB if he were to get injured again (perhaps a badly broken toe or finger)?
    Having a 2x Heisman runner up as your back up QB or something less? Getting traded?
    If the Polians don’t blow the other high picks the Colts are gonna get they will be right back in it next season with Manning AND Luck on the roster.

  31. mrlynch33 says: Dec 10, 2011 10:48 PM

    I’m sure Andrew Luck wouldn’t mind learning from Manning….but at the same time, do you think that he wants to play like Manning does?

    Constantly in the 2 minute drill…responsible for all play calls, I know he can handle it but I just don’t know if he would like to run an offense as Manning does. You gotta remember too that when Peyton first started the offense people were in awe how well he took charge. Kinda leaves Luck with no choice but to play the way Peyton does and that may not work for everyone.

    Either way I say that Peyton gets traded…

  32. fantom21 says: Dec 10, 2011 10:55 PM

    Then come on over to The Redskins. I hear Grossman knows a thing or two… about fine dining in the area.

  33. goldrush36 says: Dec 10, 2011 11:04 PM

    franknunley57 says:
    Dec 10, 2011 9:54 PM
    Archie was telling the truth when he said he didn’t think Peyton & Andrew would want to be on the same team and then someone gave him a gag order. Yeah right,Peyton wants to mentor a back-up qb instead of filling multiple needs on a team without a win. These 2 families have their plan worked out already. It will be an interesting debate right up until draft day just what that plan is,BUT ONE OF THEM IS GOING. Most likely to the 49ers.

     —————–

    Why do people insist on carrying on with this pipe dream that luck or manning will be on the 49ers next season? Manning is a health hazard statue that would be behind a pourous line. Luck is not the type of kid to force the trade. Harbaugh and baalke would not pay Manning’s contract nor would they salvage the next 3 drafts in what would be the cost of trading up from the near very end of the 1st to #1 overall. Mark my words because Alex Smith has a better chance of throwing for 7,000 yds and 60 td’s with 0 picks than either of those guys coming to town.

  34. geniusesq says: Dec 10, 2011 11:15 PM

    Translation – I want that Top Pick Money. : )

  35. dudeicle says: Dec 10, 2011 11:20 PM

    MANNING TO CHICAGO!!

  36. mlmeier says: Dec 11, 2011 12:46 AM

    Oh good, so if the first overall pick and exorbatent salary wasn’t enough, at least we know the “Chosen One” won’t be too upset backing up and learning from one of the best QBs in league history for a few years before he starts.

  37. franknunley57 says: Dec 11, 2011 12:59 AM

    @goldrush36 says:

    You don’t like the 9ers O line? 3 1st round picks & a pro bowl center. Iupati’s a beast and Anthony Davis is huge and only 23 yrs old! Those 9 sacks were a result of 2 injuries & Smith holding the ball to long against 1 of the top defenses in the league. Alex Smith won’t be the qb next year. HE IS NOT GOOD. 27th in passing won’t do. Time to move on. If either Luck or Manning don’t fall in their lap, it will be Josh Johnson.

  38. franknunley57 says: Dec 11, 2011 1:05 AM

    @@goldrush36 says:

    Oh,and if you think Andrew is calling the shots here “he’s not the type of kid to force a trade”, you’re very naive. Eli wasn’t the type of kid to force a trade either.

  39. cowhawkfan says: Dec 11, 2011 1:31 AM

    Did anyone consider that Manning might be the winner in all this? The Colts let him go to avoid the bonus, Manning gets off a horrible team and goes to a contender who just need a real QB..The Jets come to mind. He may lose a few dollars, but with incentives, he may not.

  40. 1265lombardiave says: Dec 11, 2011 2:40 AM

    The Colts are 5 players away from being back in the hunt.

    Luck is not so far ahead of Barkley and RGIII that the Colts should take him no questions asked.

    How do you not deal that #1 pick for 2 firsts,2 seconds and a player and then take RGIII and fill other holes?

  41. popolover says: Dec 11, 2011 5:14 AM

    Just in case some of you have not noticed, Manning isn’t the only Colt gone. Once he was out Polian put as many key players off the field, that would have played normally if they were trying to win. You can’t make players not play to win, but you can take them off the field so they can’t try to win.
    So they would probably be in contention this year with Peyton.
    However, this does show how Polian will again, change the NFL. More new rules will be put in place because of how he has manipulated the game this year.
    The Polian’s should be suspended from at least next year. Bill has also jeopardized the careers of the coaches for his personal gain. They, and their families, are the ones going to pay the price for the losing season. (except Caldwell, he should not be HC), but not the Polian family.
    After this season, they should put a mandatory drug test in for the ENTIRE NFL. If you recieve any NFL paycheck, you should be subjected to a random drug test. (Including all the owners)

  42. FinFan68 says: Dec 11, 2011 6:58 AM

    Seems like political BS to ensure he is the #1 overall pick…especially since RGIII won the Heisman. This kid seems like he could step in and be an upgrade on day 1 for a third of the league. If Peyton can play next year, the Colts should trade the pick and beef up the rest of their team for a run next year. They could still get a pretty good QB to sit behind Manning.

  43. mikekling says: Dec 11, 2011 7:11 AM

    MANNING TO JACKSONVILLE~!!1

    Come on now, why are people ALREADY making predictions about where Manning is going to end up next year? Who even knows if the Colts are going to draft Luck?

  44. gmen1987 says: Dec 11, 2011 7:32 AM

    j0esixpack says: Dec 10, 2011 7:30 PM

    I kindof doubt his agent will express the same feelings – but after all, that’s what agents are there to do – be the bad guy.

    Luck can take the high road – but I doubt he wants to sit on the bench and earn half as much as he would if he started right away and earned himself a new contract.

    With the rookie cap ending the days of $60 million guarantees without playing for it, Luck and any player drafted high has a major interest in playing their way out of their rookie contract.
    —————————————————-Andrew Luck is not going to be getting about the same salary whether he plays or not. Just take a look at Cam Newton’s contract. He has

  45. iplaybad says: Dec 11, 2011 7:32 AM

    The Rodgers/Favre comparison does not apply. The Packers draft better than nearly every team and had the luxury – after shopping the pick – of picking the best player available in Rodgers.

    The Colts are not in a position to have the overall #1 pick sitting on the bench. If Manning can play and the Colts want to keep him, they need to trade the pick and get more value.

    They are huge favorites to be only the second defeated team in the history if the league. The Colts must have their first pick to be an immediate contributor.

  46. gmen1987 says: Dec 11, 2011 7:36 AM

    For those goobers who think that Luck or PManning is going to the 49ers next year, please put down the crackpipe.

    1. The 49ers already have their QB.

    2. The 49ers have a good chance will be picking no lower than the 30 spot in next years draft. It would be horrendously expensive for them to trade up to the 1st spot to get Luck and Indy would not get good value to drop all the way down to the 30th spot.

  47. gmen1987 says: Dec 11, 2011 7:40 AM

    The Indianapolis Colts are taking Andrew Luck in next years draft. Set it in stone. The only way it doesn’t happen is if the Colts win 3 out of their 4 remaining games or tie the St. Louis Rams for the worse record and lose a coin flip. Then they would be at the mercy of the Rams who, without a doubt would trade the number one over all pick to someone. The Rams are stuck with that Sam Bradford contract.

  48. kevind713 says: Dec 11, 2011 8:21 AM

    I doubt Manning ever takes another snap in the NFL. Dude had surgery on nerves in his neck. As in the nerves that your brain uses to tell the rest of your body what to do. We arent talking about football anymore, its life and death, he is one James Harrison cheap shot away from being dead. So as “gmen1987″ said, barring the Rams losing out and Colts winning out, Luck is a Colt, no doubt.

  49. j0esixpack says: Dec 11, 2011 9:43 AM

    gmen1987 says: Andrew Luck is not going to be getting about the same salary whether he plays or not. Just take a look at Cam Newton’s contract.

    @gmen1987

    That only reinforces the common sense that neither Luck nor his agent isn’t going to be content to have him sit on the bench.

    You can’t compare Luck to Aaron Rogers/Favre in the new CBA with the new rookie salary cap.

    Cam Newton’s contract is worth $56 million less in overall money and $28 million less in guaranteed money than Sam Bradford’s deal.

    Luck needs to play from the start, and show he’s worth a lucrative contract extension as soon as possible. Unless Luck is REALLY not interested in earning an extra $30 $60 million there’s really no debate about that.

  50. bonecity7 says: Dec 11, 2011 10:13 AM

    I’d imagine the NFL wouldn’t be disappointed if Snyder made a play for Peyton, putting him head-to-head with Eli twice a season!!

  51. buffalomafia says: Dec 11, 2011 12:13 PM

    This punk ass Luck should go to church & pray he can play in the NFL! All of these rumors he doesn’t want to play with Indy!

    Either play for whom your drafted to or be unemployed like the millions of Americans wanting to work!!!!

  52. buffalomafia says: Dec 11, 2011 12:22 PM

    That punk ass Luck should go to church & pray he can play in NFL?

    All these rumors he wants a trade! Screw him! Either get drafted to team that drafts you or be unemployed like millions of Americans who want to work!!!!

    Manning to Buffalo! We always get the washed up players later in there career!

  53. jasoncnz says: Dec 13, 2011 1:25 AM

    I love all these national media idiots who continue to tell us “there is NO WAY Manning and Luck will be on the same team”. Did all you fools sleep through the lock out. That was a perfect illustration of how much the owners give a damn about what the players want. The bottom line is that the Colts are going to do what is best for them financially (both short term AND long term), and they could care less what either QB thinks about it. They are well aware that what is best for their organization is for them to draft Luck and have him sit a couple years behind 18. Irsay knows that if he cuts Peyton, 30% of his fan base would out and out revolt. It would be like what happened when Bob Knight left ‘TIMES a THOUSAND’. He knows that would be financial suicide. He also knows (better than anyone) the value of having a “young” franchise QB to build around. So he wont let the opportunity to draft Luck pass by either.

    Manning will get his money, and he will be the starter for the next 2 or 3 years. And Luck will have no choice but to sit and watch(just like Rogers had to do). This lets Irsay win now (and for the next couple of years) with Peyton, which will keep the fans happy while Irsay continues cashing in on all those #18 jerseys being sold, and all the revenue (and cache) from the career records Peyton will be breaking(as a Colt). Ultimately, Irsay will get to finish ‘cashing in’ on Manning AND he will still have his next ‘cash cow’ loaded up and ready to go. At the end of the day folks, it’s just a business. And in terms of ‘Franchise Revenue’ and long term ‘Franchise Value’, what makes the most business sense(by far), is to keep them both.

    By the way, unless Luck wants to go back to college (which he has said publicly that he doesn’t want to do), he has ZERO leverage to demand a trade. I mean what is he going to do…hold out? The Colts could care less if he holds out. They don’t want him to play right now anyway. So what if he misses training camp. As long as 18 is healthy, all they’ll lose if Luck holds out is a back-up QB. So unless he wants to go back to school for one more year, or he wants to sit out an ENTIRE season by refusing to sign(either of which causes him to lose a year toward fulfilling his rookie contract), then he has no choice but to sign with the team that drafts him. And that team is going to be the Indianapolis Colts(with Peyton Manning).

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