Jim Irsay promises “shocking” contract for Andrew Luck

AP

Peyton Manning has made it to two Super Bowls since the Colts let him go. The Colts are still trying to get to one.

The heir to Manning’s throne in Indianapolis becomes the biggest beneficiary of the ongoing quest to win championships.

Owner Jim Irsay has made some strong promises about the next contract to be signed by quarterback Andrew Luck. Via the team’s official website, Irsay recently said the eventual deal will be “shocking,” promising that Luck will make more than $20 million per year.

It’s shocking that Irsay would call it shocking, since the goal should be to do the best possible deal under the circumstances, not to hand the checkbook to Luck and say, “Shock me.”

It’s also a bit shocking that Irsay is willing to pay Luck before his rookie contract expires. Twice, Peyton Manning had to play every game of every contract with the Colts before getting another one. With Luck injured and ineffective for most of 2015, why not let him play out the fifth and final year of his deal before signing him to a blockbuster contract?

If anything, last year gave the Colts more than a little leverage in long-term talks. Irsay has squandered it in one sound bite.

48 responses to “Jim Irsay promises “shocking” contract for Andrew Luck

  1. Irsay, and his moronic drug-fueled tweets craving attention reminds me of Trump. Two silver-spoonified fools desperate for favor from the masses.

  2. Sign Luck to a big contract and put the team in a bad salary cap situation. If you believed the Wells investigation on deflategate and don’t believe the science behind it then you might think Luck can’t play with properly inflated footballs. Wells did document that 3 of the 4 Colts footballs were below 12.5 PSI.

  3. And when they’re losing because they can’t afford any other talent thanks to the gigantic contract Irsay will blame it all on the coaches and front office.

  4. Love to watch Luck. He has some unbelievable ability, and really he has just one flaw.

    Instead of just throwing the ball out of bounds or at the feet of a reciever, he repeatedly tries to force extremely bad throws, the throws you hit the reset button on Madden ’16 bad.

    It’s mind boggling really, if the guys cleans that out of his game he could literally set the league on fire.

  5. Not surprised, Peyton’s making Irsay look bad this week. Have you seen the fawning that Colts fans are dolling out? Guess he had no choice but to make Luck the second coming, maybe he’s not liking their draft/free agency chances this offseason?

  6. Ever heard of the salary cap? That might come into play when attempting to sign the other 52 players who will make up the roster.

    And that roster, will then attempt to win the division, and make it through the playoffs to the Super Bowl.

    Kinda hard to do when you’re in cap hell.

  7. Andrew Luck (7 Games):

    1881 yards
    15 td – 12 int – 3 fumbles
    74 QB rating

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Andy Dalton (First 7 Games):

    1992 yards
    15 td – 4 int – 2 fumbles
    110 QB rating

  8. I agree. Luck was worth the Colts fixing NFL games to get.

    The worst kept secret that season was the “race” to Suck for Luck

    Not even a whiff of an investigation from Goodell

    I guess fixing the outcomes of games isn’t something he thinks impacts the “integrity of the game”

  9. Luck is great. But he has a terrible roster around him. And you friggin kept the GM who built that terrible roster. Luck should never sign anything other than a franchise tender there & get out asap or wind up making $30M+ per year after a couple tags.

  10. God dang it Irsay, now Luck has high expectations and his agent isn’t gonna settle for anything less than $20 mil/year.

    And btw Florio, Peyton made that second Super Bowl because that defense carried the team. He may not have even made the playoffs this year if he still played for the Colts.

  11. This article proves the idiotic mentality of the writer. Does he actually believe Irsay should play hardball with with Andrew Luck? Quoting Normand Chad “pay the man”.

  12. Luck should shock Irsay by not signing anything, play out his contract, and then go take over for Carson Palmer in AZ under old coaches Bruce Arians and Tom Moore. Better chance of a Super Bowl, better organization, better city, closer to his home and alma mater.

  13. Patriot fans please stop bringing up deflatgate. You are the only ones that can’t get over how persecuted you are! Enough, we get it, patriots have done nothing wrong in your world!

  14. Shocking could also be that it is very “team friendly”…..?

    Still feel that getting him for the long term is better than the risk felt at the time in keeping an aging Manning, given his neck injury…… It may ultimately turn out to have been a mistake and I suspect if Indy could have gotten to the SB two more times with Manning, they would have gone that route….

  15. It’s Andrew freaking Luck. Just lock the man down for the next 10 years and shut up about it. QBs like him don’t grow on trees.

    Be thankful you (Irsay) managed to land 2 in your lifetime. You likely won’t ever see the 3rd one on your team.

  16. To Andrew Luck – here’s some free advice. Don’t sign with the Colts. Make them tag you if they must. Then, when they don’t, get out of town. Jim is morphing into Bob and that’s not a good thing. Its true that the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree after all. Poor Indianapolis fans they’ll soon realize why Baltimore lost the Colts too.

  17. MostlyRight says:
    Feb 11, 2016 12:03 AM

    Luck should shock Irsay by not signing anything, play out his contract, and then go take over for Carson Palmer in AZ under old coaches Bruce Arians and Tom Moore. Better chance of a Super Bowl, better organization, better city, closer to his home and alma mater.
    ===================================

    I would love it if Luck played out his contract then signed somewhere else. The Colts fans themselves are great, but Irsay and Co. do not deserve to have him. They’ve taken several years off his career by not putting together a good O-line and they have not been developing his talent properly. The kid deserves better. Only problem is that I believe they can tag him for two more years and it might be too risky for him to play under those conditions.

  18. Shocking contract it wouldn’t surprise me if he cut him to draft Wents and Denver picks Luck up and wins a couple championships or at least goes to a couple and wins 1. in your face irsay.

  19. doctorrustbelt
    Feb 10, 2016, 11:25 PM EST
    Andrew Luck (7 Games):

    1881 yards
    15 td – 12 int – 3 fumbles
    74 QB rating

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Andy Dalton (First 7 Games):

    1992 yards
    15 td – 4 int – 2 fumbles
    110 QB rating

    *****
    The best stat is the one you left out. Playoff wins!

  20. Luck is good, but not great, and needs to improve to become elite.

    If he thinks he can do that, then refuse a contract, accept the franchise tag, and then leave for a better run team.
    Staying with the Colts will give him money (and so will any other team), but it won’t bring him a Super Bowl.

  21. Luck was injured last year and under performed. If he has healed and plays well, AND his contract is up , he has ALL the leverage. The Colts can franchise him, which he can accept, then leave. If they want to franchise him again, take it. Then leave.
    He’ll get paid either way, and he can control his destiny.

    The Colts should try and lock him up now, and see if they can get a discount.

    >>With Luck injured and ineffective for most of 2015, why not let him play out the fifth and final year of his deal before signing him to a blockbuster contract?

    >>If anything, last year gave the Colts more than a little leverage in long-term talks. Irsay has squandered it in one sound bite.

  22. Andrew says:
    Feb 10, 2016 10:52 PM
    “My offer is this… nothing”

    ———————————

    You can have my answer now, if you like. My final offer is this: nothing. Not even the drink tab for the bar, which I would appreciate if you would put up personally.

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