Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck remains hopeful that a new long-term contract can be reached this offseason to stay with the only team he’s ever known:
"“Yeah, that would be great,” Luck said via ESPN’s Mike Wells. “I haven’t thought about it too much. I wanted to make sure this season gets done. But if there’s an opportunity for it, yeah, absolutely.”"
Currently, Luck is set to play on the last year of his rookie contract, a team option that the Colts picked up last April worth $16.12 million.
However, Luck’s next lucrative contract figures to make him the highest paid player in NFL history, and it’s been speculated that he could command as much as $24-25 million per year in any deal.
Right now, the Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers has the highest annual NFL salary at $22 million per year, but that could very well change soon because of Luck.
While Luck is coming off his most disappointing season, having missed 9 games because of injuries and struggling even when playing, he’s still highly regarded as one of the top young quarterbacks in football.
On the season, Luck completed 162 of 293 passes (55.3%) for 1,881 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and a passer rating of 74.9.
However, at age 26, he’s just one season removed from a league-leading 40 touchdown pass season. There’s no question that Luck battled through some physical injuries this season, even when he did play–which negatively impacted his play.
Before last season, Colts owner Jim Irsay said that the team planned to sign Luck to a new contract during this upcoming offseason.
The Colts would be wise to lock up their franchise player sooner rather than later, as NFL contracts are only getting pricier and the team absolutely needs him in Horseshoe Blue for the foreseeable future.