For weeks now the Indianapolis Colts had been hinting at an historic extension for their quarterback Andrew luck. Yesterday it became a reality when Luck signed a six-year $140 million contract with 87 million in guaranteed money! Andrew luck is now the highest paid player in the NFL is set to make $30 million in 2016 absolutely insane.
From Andrew luck’s perspective, this is a dream situation being set financially for life, thus allowing him to focus on his job, which is bringing championships to Indianapolis. Additionally, this contract runs through his age 32 season. Which means he will still be in his prime and able to get another sizable chunk of change from Indianapolis or another team depending on how this contract turns out. No matter how you slice it Andrew Luck won this deal BIG TIME!
However, from the Colts standpoint, I’m a little skeptical, I’m not saying Luck isn’t worthy of a big extension. He threw an NFL best 40 touchdowns in 2014 and is the fourth player in history to throw 100 touchdowns in his first four seasons. Those are MVP type stats and you could see why Indianapolis invested so much in Luck.
On the other hand, I question if Luck will be able to stay healthy I’m worried 2015 was a precursor to the future. Luck suffered a shoulder injury and a lacerated kidney causing him to miss the latter part of last year. The injuries were in large part due to the lack of protection from his offensive line he was pressured on 32% of his drawbacks. No quarterback will come out unscathed if they’re constantly facing that much heat. If he gets hurt again the Colts are royally screwed and last time I checked, there aren’t that many quality NFL backups in the league.
Also in football there are two sides of the ball and the Colts defense hasn’t been great for a while now and a quarterback can only cover up so much. In 2015 the defense ranked 26th in the league, which isn’t going to cut it if they hope to win consistently.
Lastly, what happens if they need to improve the defense side or re-sign the playmakers around Luck? Where is that money going to come from it’s not like money grows on trees and quality NFL players don’t come cheap. The point being if they don’t win financial flexibility could become an issue, forcing them to part ways with important parts of their roster.
Although, I think Andrew luck is a great NFL quarterback and deserves a big contract. The team overpaid and I struggle to see the team having sustained success because of the financial burden potential I talked about and the unpredictability of injuries in the game of football. We’ll just have to wait and see how it works out. I love it from the player perspective the team not so much!