Andrew Luck’s contract ‘will be shocking’ “Details”

Updated: February 13, 2016
Andrew Luck's contract "will be shocking" - Details

Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts will almost certainly agree upon a long-term extension this offseason.

“It’s going to be a big number,” Jim Irsay told WISH-TV, via the team’s official site. “It’s going to be a shocking number, nine figures and probably a $20 million starting point per year, but again we will find the right number to get to.”

While that’s obviously a big number by most standards, it’s not as shocking as Irsay seems to think it is, and it’s actually pretty par for the course when considering the way QB contracts constantly tick upwards whenever the next big deal is signed. Luck is considered a franchise QB in his prime—despite his injuries and sub-par performance last year—and so he should be looking at around $20M.

For comparison, Denver’s Peyton Manning was given a five-year deal for $19M per year, and that was four years ago. Other quarterbacks who have been given nine-figure overall deals include the likes of Joe Flacco, Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Tony Romo, Jay Cutler, and Colin Kaepernick. Say what you will about that list, but it’s clear that nine figures isn’t unprecedented and, again, should be expected for Luck.

Of course, there are other ways that the contract could be shocking. Irsay could be referring to the overall length of the contract, perhaps looking to lock up his QB for much longer than the typical five or six years. He could also be referring to guaranteed money, which could be significantly higher than it has been for other quarterbacks with similar top-end contracts—Newton, for instance, has roughly a 50 percent guarantee.

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