Andrew Luck Informs Colts He’s Retiring

     

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Andrew Luck has informed the Colts that he is retiring from the NFL.

  • According to Schefter, Luck is “mentally worn down” and plans to move on from the NFL. He met with Colts owner Jim Irsay to inform him of the news. 
  • Ian Rapoport says that the Colts have known about Luck mulling retirement for at least two weeks, as his lover for the game has waned. Rapoport adds that Luck now plans to travel the world. 
  • Ben Volin hears that Luck has been considering retirement since March and Colts GM Chris Ballard did whatever he could to appease Luck including allowing him to bring his personal QBs coach Tom House out to Indy for the last few weeks of camp.

To say this is stunning news is putting it mildly.

The Colts have made it clear that they think highly of Jacoby Brissett as a quarterback, but there’s no question that they’ve built the franchise around luck as their quarterback. 

Luck had been dealing with a calf injury that eventually turned into an ankle issue, according to reports. However, it appears as though there was more going on with Luck than just the injury issues. 

You can expect the Colts to place Luck on the reserve/retired list to ensure that they hold his rights should he unretire at some point. 

Luck walks away from $64 million over three years and a $6 million roster bonus that was set to be paid out on September 17. 

Luck, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Colts back in 2012 out of Stanford. He finished the third year of his six-year, $139.125 million contract that included $87 million guaranteed and is now set to make base salaries of $9.125 million, $11 million, and $11 million over the final three years of his deal.

For his career, Luck threw for 23,671 yards while completing 60.8 percent of his passes to go along with 171 touchdowns and 83 interceptions over the course of six seasons and 86 games.

Luck was the 2018 Comeback Player of the Year and a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

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