Agent calls rumors that Andrew Luck wants out of Indy “simply false”

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I’ve recently been trying to figure out the craziness in Indianapolis involving the status of quarterback Andrew Luck. Along the way, I’ve developed four different theories for the lingering absence of Luck from practices and games, along with the apparent absence of a plan to replace him while he heals from January surgery.

They are: (1) good, old-fashioned incompetence; (2) a conscious willingness to give Luck a redshirt year if necessary; (3) an effort by new G.M. Chris Ballard to tie one hand behind coach Chuck Pagano’s back in order to make it easier to fire him; and (4) a possible desire by Luck to run out of Indy while he can still walk.

While sounding this out on various platforms (including PFT Live and Wednesday’s PFT Live afternoon podcast), I made it clear that it’s just speculation, arising primarily from what I’d want if me or my kid were employed by the Colts. Look at what they’ve given him or, more accurately, what they haven’t given him. As Luck enters the front end of the prime years, his career is currently being wasted, putting him far closer to Archie than Peyton on the Manning scale.

Speaking of Archie, the notion that Luck possibly wants out can be traced to the Manning family patriarch, sort of. Luck’s father, Oliver, was a teammate of Archie’s. Oliver knows how the business works, and he’d surely prefer his son to emerge from the NFL in one piece. More than 13 years ago, Archie engineered a San Diego stiff arm for Eli; why shouldn’t Oliver at least consider an Andrew extrication from Indy?

Apparently, others have been taking it beyond speculation, actually couching it as rumor. Which has prompted Luck’s camp to try to shoot down any talk of discontent. Wednesday night, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said on the air that Luck’s agent/uncle (or uncle/agent) called the non-rumor rumor “simply false.”

It’s odd that Luck’s camp would even address the situation at this juncture. The fact that it was shot down on the record will serve only to get more people thinking and talking about it.

Which could be part of the master plan. If so, at least someone would have a plan of some sort when it comes to the current state of Andrew Luck’s career.

And before pooh-poohing a possible trade because of the cap hit, consider this: The net charge for trading him in 2018 would be lower than the net charge for keeping him.

Besides, if he decides that he truly wants out (which frankly he should), why would the Colts want to keep him around? If the quarterback isn’t all in, things will only get worse. If, based on Sunday’s outcome in L.A., that’s even possible.

75 responses to “Agent calls rumors that Andrew Luck wants out of Indy “simply false”

  1. If he doesn’t want out that would be more newsworthy, as in “Luck Has No Brain.”
    Still Ballard is at least trying to field a team which is more than could be said for whatever it was, besides imitating Matt Millen, Grigson was doing.

  2. In order to salvage his career he needs out of Indianapolis. They are wasting his talent with bad management and coaching.

  3. If I’m the GM of Indy this is great. Go 2-14 and get the 1 or 2 pick. Trade Luck for 3 No. 1s and 2 2s and rebuild

  4. dallashomer says:
    September 13, 2017 at 8:30 pm
    Indy is the new Cleveland.
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    There’s a big difference though. There’s nothing funny about what’s happened in Cleveland.

  5. “And before pooh-poohing a possible trade because of the cap hit, consider this: The net charge for trading him in 2018 would be lower than the net charge for keeping him.”

    That is, until you factor in the cost of ALSO paying whoever is replacing him.

  6. Elway will sell the franchise to get Luck if he becomes available. He will see himself in Luck. Both are from Stanford, both are mobile, big, strong armed, and throw a ton of interceptions.

  7. I hope he leaves so I can quit seeing the media and the lemmings continually blame everything on everyone else in Indy rather than accept he isn’t the greatest QB ever like they were claiming him to be before he was even drafted.

    Luck is an upgraded version of Stafford.

  8. “And before pooh-poohing a possible trade because of the cap hit, consider this: The net charge for trading him in 2018 would be lower than the net charge for keeping him.”

    Liberal economic thinking in action. You do realize they have to pay his replacement.

  9. So, basically, you’re starting rumors, then creating a blog post addressing the rumors you started.
    Click bait, right?
    Don’t call it journalism.

  10. thereisalwaysnextyear says:

    September 13, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Why is no one open to the suggestions that Luck is not the next coming as he was projected. Sure he’s good. But let’s not just assume this is all about his team. He’s really just not great.

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    If you really think that this is more on Luck than his team, then you’re ready showing how little you know about football. He led them to three 11 wins seasons in his first 3 seasons and in the process of that the Colts failed to put anything around him defensively or protection. He still got them to .500 which is an miracle in itself because over the last 3 seasons counting this one, the Colts are a 4 win team at best.

  11. Buffalo has the picks, new coach and GM, with a descent roster already. Buffalo could give up the picks for Luck and still have a more than normal 2018 NFL draft. Who wouldn’t want that?

  12. “(4) a possible desire by Luck to run out of Indy while he can still walk”

    I think there’s a (5) here. Indy realizes Luck will never be the same again after that surgery. It explains why they won’t talk about his rehab status, or even if he’s throwing yet.

    They’re giving him the leftover RG3 bubble-wrap, hoping some team will take that $45M guaranteed contract off their hands.

  13. It would be interesting if the JEts or Buffalo would offer a #1 pick and more for Luck. Problem is the salary and that both likely will be in a position to take the top QB prospects for 2018. They may not be as good as luck but they will be much cheaper. And at least the Jets are pretty far away from contention. The Bills a bit closer. Given the Bills just stockpilled so many draft picks…that would be a smart move for new coach and GM.

    Assuming Luck is ruined from this shoulder surgery. Does Pagano know WHICH shoulder Luck had surgery on?

  14. Why is no one open to the suggestions that Luck is not the next coming as he was projected. Sure he’s good. But let’s not just assume this is all about his team. He’s really just not great.

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    The last time he was healthy he got a Ryan Grigson roster where Gosder Cherilus was the highest paid player to the AFC Championship Game.

    That’s why.

  15. Doesn’t matter about Luck really … If he is in Indy or not … Jags are owning them and the Afc South this year … Jag D too Nasty … Go Jags !!! #SAXSONVILLE

  16. Stop with the trade speculation. The only thing we are sure of right now is that Luck is damaged goods. He would not command top value unless and until he gets back on the field and proves his shoulder is fully recovered.

  17. Indianapolis is a career dead-end for Luck. That Indy leadership nickel & dimed Peyton Manning to only one SB win should tell him all he needs to know.

    This team’s ownership and management is never going to do what it needs to do to build a good team and win. Their entire qualification is lucking into two top QBs in the draft.

  18. “It’s odd that Luck’s camp would even address the situation at this juncture. The fact that it was shot down on the record will serve only to get more people thinking and talking about it.”

    Come on man. How MANY articles have you written where you state that addressing the issue is the best way to temper the rumors. Now if Luck’s camp addresses it, that means there’s something to the rumors?

    This is what people get tired of. Just report the news, don’t create it.

  19. this is not about weapon. this is about the incompetence of the front office not drafting him a line. you can be the best of the best, but unless you got a line to protect you, it’ pointless. no matter, indy will go 2-14, 4-12 and draft another “weapon.” only in indy do they want to put fancy columns in front of the mobile home.

  20. Always sad to see good talent wasted by incompetence. Yeah Luck probably isn’t the second coming like so many said, but he’s still a HIGHLY talented QB in a desperate market. He’s a good guy, a smart guy, and he’s shown that he can carry a weak offense on his back and make things happen. That isn’t easy to come by these days.

    I’m sure publicly he has to say “i’m happy, i love Indy, i don’t want to go anywhere. blah blah whatever” but deep down how could that really be true? Why would he want to stay that bad? No protection, a 34 year old RB, a bunch of “who?” to throw the ball to other than TY, a swiss cheese defense that can’t hold ANY lead he gives them, an outmatched coaching staff, a drugged up drunk owner whos a laughing stock of the league………i can’t imagine that he wouldn’t jump on the first opportunity to join a competent franchise. Look at the beating he’s already taken and look at the direction the team is heading.

    I wouldn’t blame him at all

  21. “That is, until you factor in the cost of ALSO paying whoever is replacing him”

    Scott Tolzien doesn’t cost much. 1st rd picks aren’t expensive these days. They aren’t luring any big time free agents to a rebuilding team if he does leave.

    And how much do you pay in team morale when your quarterback is disgruntled? It’s worth paying top dollar for a guy who isn’t invested in your team? If he actually wants out, they’d be fools to fight it or force him to stay.

    The cost would go well beyond dollars at that point. It would go to reputation with other players around the league, locker room morale, etc. And that is more valuable to a franchise than a few million dollars. You can’t just buy those things back.

  22. I doubt it’s true, but what the heck else is he gonna say? “Yeah, the injured franchise QB.. yeah, the only bright spot of your team.. and that’s still under contract, wants out.”? That’ll go over well. Who are they, the Redskins?

  23. If Indy tanks, drafts a QB and trades Luckfor 3-4 picks, then trades 2 of those first round picks for 6 3rd rd picks they will have 200 picks to keep mismanaging a rebuild.

  24. Another reason why they should change the Draft into a lottery system like the NBA does.All a team has to do is tank a season and they get a star player who worked hard all his life and ends up with a dysfunctional team.The Colts need to get there act together and stop whining about the Patriots.The owner also needs to stop with the Drugs and if he prefer drugs over the team sell

  25. Indy has already shown it’s integrity. First by SNEAKING out of Baltimore in the middle of the night, then by purposely loosing games in the Suck for Luck scandal.
    Does Andrew seriously think they give a damn about him or his health? Remember about not reporting Luck was injured RIIIIGHT!
    This Scumbag Owner is someone that would whip and run a Racehorse to death to win a race!
    Guys like him need to be forced out of the League. North Korea of the NFL

  26. Boo hoo take some of that cash out the bank and take a bath in it, shouldn’t have signed that contract that payed you millions if you didn’t want to be there, suck it up and go earn it, luck so overrated

  27. It could be several of the above. Grigson’s tenure set the team back for several of what should be Luck’s prime seasons. I hope he doesn’t want out of Indy, but couldn’t blame him if he did. He’s got a career to worry about.

  28. He’s been pretty good but he’s not accomplished much in the NFL. Some of that you can blame on his team. Some of it he needs to take some responsibility for himself.

    I live in Indiana and Luck gets no share of anything remotely negative. He gets all praise when they win and zero (and I do mean zero)blame when things don’t go well. It’s more of a college state anyway. IU, ND, Purdue and Butler. Most Hoosiers just jump on the back of one of those horses when things turn gray for their pro team.

  29. Another over hyped player. Came in as a once in a generation player. Unfortunately, then he had to play. Injuries, ints. Availability is greater than ability. The Colts didn’t learn anything from Manning which got a GM fired. They are a paying a bundle to Luck and they don’t have a very good replacement.

  30. They are: (1) good, old-fashioned incompetence; (2) a conscious willingness to give Luck a redshirt year if necessary; (3) an effort by new G.M. Chris Ballard to tie one hand behind coach Chuck Pagano’s back in order to make it easier to fire him; and (4) a possible desire by Luck to run out of Indy while he can still walk.
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    (5) They are under no obligation to say anything.

  31. Irsay let slip that Luck’s surgery was like Brees’ a few weeks ago. Makes you wonder if Luck’ s injury was much more serious than they’ve reported.

  32. 1historian says the “curse for leaving Baltimore lives on”

    Oh, you mean that curse which gave them an all time great QB and a Super Bowl ring? The curse that helped them be successful enough to build a $720 mil stadium?

    Yeah, that sounds like a brutal curse lol

    People are so desperate to say something that sounds cool, it doesn’t even matter if it makes sense or not.

    Like that guy lambeaudumpface or whatever he’s called, said the Colts are “the North Korea of the NFL”…..uhhhh, what? That doesn’t mean anything. You might have thought it sounded cool, but it means nothing.

    These are the kinds of things people try to say when they have absolutely nothing valuable to contribute to a conversation and want to try and be cool.

  33. Indy hasn’t had to worry about the QB position since Clinton was in office. And for the consistency they have 1 ring to show for it and only 2 SB appearances. They rank up there with Miami and Marino, and SF with Young ( only 1 ring they should have more), and heck put GB in there with Rogers for failure to put a team around their QB’s and win a few titles. Meanwhile you’ve seen what Pittsburgh and NE have done..

  34. I’m not a Colts fan but I’d like to see him succeed there. Unfortunately they had an idiot making the personnel decisions and he left Luck with an offensive line that is about as awful as can be. The QB can do nothing when the team (Grigson) is so stupid they don’t bother with their OL. It’s not Luck’s fault he’s getting killed. I’d want out if I were him. That team is going NOWHERE.

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