It’s too late for Andrew Luck to come back in 2022 (with a caveat)

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After Carson Wentz landed on COVID-19 reserve earlier today, Andrew Luck’s name landed on the short list of trending topics on Twitter.

But Luck can’t return to the Colts at this point in the season, even if he wanted to. The NFL has confirmed to PFT that, after Week 13, players on a team’s reserve-retired list cannot play.

Luck continues to be on the Indianapolis reserve/retired list. For Luck to return, the Colts would have to release his rights, hope he clears waivers, and then sign him as a free agent.

That same procedure would have applied to Drew Brees, if he’d accepted an invitation from the Saints to sacrifice himself during Monday night’s christians-to-the-lions matchup in the Superdome. The Saints, based on the procedure explained by the league, would have had to release Brees, wait for him to clear waivers, and then sign him as a free agent.

Luck would surely be snatched by another team, if released by the Colts. Would someone have claimed Brees on waivers? Doing so would have blocked the Saints from getting him for Monday’s game, in the same way that the Chargers’ decision to make a waivers claim for Deion Sanders in 2002 prevented him from exiting Washington’s reserve/retired list so that he could play for the Raiders.

In contrast, Philip Rivers is a free agent, and he can sign with any team at any time. That’s why, for any player considering a potential return, it’s always better to be a free agent than to be on a reserve/retired list.

28 responses to “It’s too late for Andrew Luck to come back in 2022 (with a caveat)

  1. No Rivers? No Luck?? How about Bert Jones?? Sheesh Florio….enough! Ehlinger is going to start and I hope he brings it

  2. softhelmet says:
    December 28, 2021 at 7:47 pm
    Hey, Dan Marino is still out there!

    9 1 Rate This
    Dan is 60. Andrew is 32. Your joke kinda sucks because it doesn’t make sense

  3. 6burgh says:

    December 28, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    softhelmet says:
    December 28, 2021 at 7:47 pm
    Hey, Dan Marino is still out there!

    9 1 Rate This
    Dan is 60. Andrew is 32. Your joke kinda sucks because it doesn’t make sense
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    Not that I necessarily find the 1st joke funny but either way it wouldnt be a joke to list younger or you know reasonable replacements 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  4. This Colts team is tough as nails and possibly the only team in the AFC that has a shot at knocking off KC in the playoffs.

    Andrew Luck is the polar opposite of tough and lacks what this Colts team represents!

    Signed Patriots Fan

  5. As Archie said to Sean Payton with a picture of himself with Peyton, Eli, Arch, and his other grandson – “we’re all available! Take your pick”

  6. “Luck continues to be on the Indianapolis reserve/retired list. For Luck to return, the Colts would have to release his rights, hope he clears waivers, and then sign him as a free agent.”

    Dumb rule.
    The team they retire with is at the greatest disadvantage if they change their mind and want to play again, especially in this case considering it’s been three years since Luck’s last game.

  7. If someone claimed him on waivers wouldn’t they have to pay him his prior salary? seems like not very many teams could play that game

  8. What team would have the cap space at this point to take on luck?? That being said, I would love to see the eagles snag him. With our line, running game, Goddert and Smith.. if we had a QB who could actually play, you know, quarterback we would have a legit shot to make some noise.

  9. If Luck wanted to play football he’d be playing. He moved on with his life. He has all the money he needs, and the smarts and ability to make more. Luck is just a man who has other interests in the world. With the high Covid rates going around the NFL, Luck would not be smart to dive into that. If there’s one thing about Andrew Luck, it’s that he’s smart.

  10. Its a bummer positive covid tests are really messing up these final weeks of the regular season

  11. I’m glad we are finally past the point where people automatically say “What about Kaepernick?”

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