On Monday, former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck told Dan Patrick that the Colts haven’t told Luck that he’ll be the No. 1 overall pick. On Tuesday, Colts owner Jim Irsay supplied the explanation.
According to Irsay, the Colts have yet to decide between Luck and Robert Griffin III.
“It’s up in the air,” Irsay told USA Today. “We have to look at this thing completely open-minded.
“You have two outstanding athletes, two great pure passers, two guys from families that are incredible.”
It has been widely believed that the Colts will take Luck. “Luck is The Guy,” an unnamed source told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports last month. “I don’t care what happens [at the Combine]. I don’t care if Griffin flies.”
So what’s going on? As we see it, either Irsay misses all the media attention after the release of Peyton Manning and hopes to create some false drama, or Irsay is being influenced by the opinions of people like Tony Dungy, Ron Jaworski, Merril Hoge, and Greg Cosell.
Then there’s a chance that the Colts believe the Redskins have locked in on Griffin, and that perhaps the Colts think they can squeeze a little something out of the Redskins in exchange for a flip-flop of the first and second overall picks.
Irsay also addressed the possibility of negotiating a contract with the No. 1 pick before the draft. “If we get to the point where we’re going to negotiate early, get something done before the draft, you never rule that out,” Irsay said. “We’ve talked to both agents. We haven’t negotiated yet.”
With the new CBA, negotiating with the potential first overall pick no longer has much value. The contracts are tightly slotted, and the deals can be done in literally five minutes.
Still, there’s a chance Irsay will end up agonizing about this one as much as he agonized over the decision to draft Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf in 1998 — and the decision to part ways with Peyton.
The question of whether he regrets the second decision will depend in large part on Irsay’s next decision.