Colts pick up Andrew Luck’s option for 2016

AP

Some teams have tough choices to make before the May 3 deadline to pick up the fifth-year options they have on first-round picks from the 2012 draft.

The Colts are not one of those teams. They selected quarterback Andrew Luck with the first overall pick and he’s been everything they hoped he’d be while leading them to three playoff berths and two division titles in his first three NFL seasons.

As a result, it is absolutely no surprise that the Colts decided to exercise their option on Luck’s contract for the 2016 season. The option is guaranteed against injury only, although the prospect of the Colts changing their mind about keeping Luck for any skill-related reasons is about as great as the chance that the Colts move back to Baltimore.

Luck’s salary for 2016 would be a bit north of $16 million if he plays out the year under the terms of his rookie contract. Colts owner Jim Irsay indicated that talks for a longer deal weren’t on the agenda in the near term and the team could use the franchise tag to ensure Luck stays put in 2017, but it seems likely that extension talks will get underway sometime before that option year kicks in.

56 responses to “Colts pick up Andrew Luck’s option for 2016

  1. Just pay the man already, the longer you wait the more money you have to pay. He deserves top dollar and there’s no more QB prodigies to tank for, get it done

  2. Hopefully, the Colts don’t waste this guy’s career. Compared to what Manning had around him both on offense early in his career and defense toward the middle of it, it hasn’t even been close.

  3. Once in a decade qb. What he has accomplished with what little he has to work with is nothing short of amazing.

    He had truly led that team to all their success and will be leading them to better things to come…. As opposed to just tagging along with a team to the sb.

  4. Good choice. He plays football pretty good, and it is not an easy thing finding a QB who plays football that good. When he throws the ball it comes out hard and it can also go really far too. Also he is a stong big boy. It is not easy taking him down all the way to the ground. He also puts a very nice spiral on the ball when he throws it, which I think is pretty cool. Go Colts football! The best of the football teams around!!

  5. My Vikings haven’t picked up the option on a QB since Tarkenton bolted all those years ago. That won’t change with Bridgewater. He hasn’t come close to beating a team with a winning record. Looks like we missed again!!

  6. Yea he deserves all the money of a top QB but still you have to wait. So many things could happen from now until next year. You don’t give the man 60-70 million guaranteed until it’s absolutely necessary. I hope Luck goes on to have a long and terrific career. But paying him that kind of money with the possibility of him suffering a career ending injury would be catastrophic for the Colts. It’s not likely but it’s not something that is impossible either.

    They know and we all know, he’s worth it but it’s all about timing at this point.

  7. For a second there, based on the picture, it looked like they signed that sailor on the tunafish can.

  8. I think AFC will be a cakewalk for the Colts in the near future as all the major QBs are old (Rivers, Ben, Brady, Manning) while the Colts will have Luck for more than a decade.

  9. I feel the Colts cheated there way to the first overall pick. They had many years with Manning then they toss him aside deliberate in their goal to be the worst team in the league and now will have years of fun with Luck. The league should have punished them for throwing games.

  10. Revenue keeps increasing, which means the salary cap keeps increasing, and QB contracts keep increasing.

    Instead of waiting for the end of his rookie contract when Luck’s leverage increases why not reward him with a new contract now?

    The rookie option for next year is $16 million. If you replace that with a long term contract and a high signing bonus that doesn’t hit the cap as hard what’s the harm in that?

  11. I will never forget the suck for Luck year. My Chiefs were 0-3 playing the 0-3 Colts and getting stomped at halftime. The Chiefs somehow came out for the 2nd half and had a comeback win. I felt like a knife went through my heart. What was coaching and management thinking? Put your worst qb in the driver seat and go out there and take care of business!

  12. Short term move…what a shocker. What exactly are the Colts going to do if he gets past the AFC Championship game? He will jack up his price 2 fold and demand a lot of guaranteed money.

  13. Karma can be a bitch Isray. You need Luck far more than he needs you. Luck doesn’t strike me as a me type player but if don’t do something soon. Luck can rather easily test the FA market. Then you are screwed

  14. Thats right Mr. Irsay, piss off your franchise QB by mentioning “franchise tag” a year before necessary; I THOUGHT YOU STOPPED DRINKING?

  15. The Jim Irsay blueprint for success:

    1) Inherit an NFL team

    2) Tank a season

    3) Draft a hall of fame QB with the #1 pick

    4) Repeat steps 2 and 3

  16. All the evidence points to the Colts not having purposely “sucked for Luck”. It’s a non-issue, except for the fans whose franchises couldn’t have enticed a decent QB if they’d offered them $200M a season and a supermodel wife.

    I’m sorry that their teams suck, but someone has to – and it isn’t the Colts nowadays.

  17. “All the evidence points to the Colts not having purposely “sucked for Luck”. It’s a non-issue, except for the fans whose franchises couldn’t have enticed a decent QB if they’d offered them $200M a season and a supermodel wife.

    I’m sorry that their teams suck, but someone has to – and it isn’t the Colts nowadays.”

    What evidence? Non- Issue? I heard a lot of Colts fans crying about the integrity of the game but I guess purposely losing games to gain a franchise QB and pumping in fake crowd noise is all in good taste. You’re lying to yourself if you believe that but hey you are a Colts fan after all

  18. “…. As opposed to just tagging along with a team to the sb.”

    Yeah, that Kaepernick was one lucky fella

  19. “What evidence? Non- Issue? I heard a lot of Colts fans crying about the integrity of the game but I guess purposely losing games to gain a franchise QB and pumping in fake crowd noise is all in good taste. You’re lying to yourself if you believe that but hey you are a Colts fan after all”

    “Effort” is your evidence. Colts players and coaches gave plenty during their bad seasons. It’s in the stats, and it’s on film.

    Per the fake crowd noise: where’s the evidence?

    They have their issues, but it’s hard putting blemishes on one of the cleanest franchises in the league. Keep working.

  20. “I think AFC will be a cakewalk for the Colts in the near future as all the major QBs are old (Rivers, Ben, Brady, Manning) while the Colts will have Luck for more than a decade.”

    I wouldn’t be so quick to write off tannehill and the dolphins. They are 1-1 against each other with both games in Indy including tannehill ending an 11 game home win streak. Both games went down to the last minute and Both qb’s have young teams and I believe both teams will be good for a long time.

  21. Colts ownership/management/coaches cost Manning at least one, if not more, Super Bowl trophies, I believe.

    Will they learn from their mistakes and give Luck the supporting cast he needs, or will they do well-but-not-as-well-as-they-should-with-that-QB, as they did with Manning?

    The FA signings are promising, but only a start.

  22. He’s a great player no doubt..but he’s benefited greatly from playing in a very very weak division. Its the truth you cant ignore that part of it. He is great though.

  23. onixtorres says:
    Apr 9, 2015 2:36 PM
    It’s only a matter of time before this guy wins a Super Bowl. He’s going to be a lot more expensive once he does.
    ******************************
    Mark this down:Andrew Luck will never win a Super Bowl as long as Russell Wilson is healthy. It’s not gonna happen. Think Dan Marino.

  24. “Andrew Luck will never win a Super Bowl as long as Russell Wilson is healthy.”

    That’s cute, he actually thinks Wilson had something to do with their sb win.

  25. 11 wins in 2012. 12 wins in 2013. 13 wins in 2014. Not bad for a rookie QB taking over a 2-14 team. Where are all the people who had RG3 rated ahead of Andrew Luck? There were plenty, including a lot of GMs. Good thing Jim Irsay hired a GM who wasn’t one of them. People want to laugh at Jim Irsay, but he’s been one of the most successful owners over the last 20 years. He understands the game. He hires good GMs and supports them. Bill Polian just went into the Hall of Fame. Ryan Grigson looks like he’s well on his way to Canton too.

  26. “Per the fake crowd noise: where’s the evidence?”

    The clearly CD skipping on national TV that’s the evidence.

  27. “Best QB in the AFC who doesn’t have to cheat to win.” My my arent you butthurt. Here’s some facts. An Andrew Luck led team is 0-4 against New England, blown out every single game. Here’s another fact… 5 years, half a decade since the Colts beat the Patriots. Kiss the rings Donkey fans, because one thing in life is guaranteed, Patriots owning dat tail.

  28. Pat’s own Luck!
    How many playoff wins has Luck had? There you go. He’s good, but needs to get better. Don’t give me the excuse he has nobody to throw to. Look at Brady’s WR…or worse yet, Russell Wilson’s. A hawks fan!

  29. The colts tanked to get Luck by intentionally not having a reasonable option at qb to replace injured Manning. Teams tank at the GM level, not so much at the coaching level.

  30. The only transgression that the Colts committed was having Painter as a backup when Manning got hurt. As for the Pat fans who are busting on Luck remember Brady IS going to retire sooner rather than later. We will see how much of a genius hoodie is then. If the SB was any indication of that you’re in serious trouble because anybody who watched it knows that Pete Carroll bailed hoodie out.

  31. Now that he’s got a top receiver in Andre Johnson and a 1000-yard receiver last year in Duron Carter, Luck’s production should be even better.

  32. Well, Belichick got them to 11 wins with Cassel as the quarterback, a guy they’d been grooming but who, let’s face it, hadn’t started since high school.

    So, that question has been answered. The Pats didn’t tank the season Brady was out. The Colts tanked the season Manning was out.

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