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Andrew Luck is Now NFL’s Richest Player

Technically he received a 5 year extension. The deal is worth slightly more than $139 Million, which is an NFL record. The deal also has the largest in guarantees in NFL history with $87 Million. Luck will average about $23.3 Million per season.

Photo By: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Photo By: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

“This is an exciting day for the organization and Colts fans around the globe,” Irsay said in a statement. “Andrew is the consummate professional, possesses extraordinary talent and is our leader on and off the field. When you consider what this team has accomplished in four seasons with Andrew under center, you cannot help but be thrilled about the future.”

The Colts made the playoffs in Luck’s first three seasons with identical 11-5 records, advancing further in the postseason each year. Luck’s postseason efforts encapsulated his career in many ways. He had several moments in a game where you shake your head with amazement, then he would have a big moment where he would make a big mistake at a crucial point. The Colts’ defense ultimately let him down, giving up more than 40 points in three of the games.

The Colts have also struggled to protect Luck, and invested multiple picks on the offensive line heading into this season. The team has a terrific young core around Luck like it once did with Manning with receiver T.Y. Hilton and tight end Dwayne Allen signed long term and with a handful of promising youngsters such as Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett. Luck has proven he has broad enough shoulders to carry an organization, and we’d expect him to return near the top of the passing yards charts this year. Even if he ranks low in quotability with the media.tyHilton

Luck has promised to be more careful with his body in 2016, with a plan to slide more often when he runs out of the pocket. In so many ways, Luck’s early career is reminiscent of Cam Newton, the man taken No. 1 overall the year before him. The two players both have incredible (and similar) physical traits. They create “wow” plays that didn’t exist a generation ago with their arms and legs. Both players can be streaky with accuracy and can occasionally trust their brilliant ability to escape pressure too much. But the difference in the play-offs is not the comparisons in the quarterbacks, it is the defense for the two teams. The Colts’ defense ultimately let him down, giving up more than 40 points in three of the games.

The timing of it shows the extreme faith the Colts have in Luck. He’s coming off a down 2015 season plagued by injuries. Luck even admitted he was playing poorly even before a shoulder injury forced him to miss two early starts. A lacerated kidney ended his season after Week 9.  Irsay told reporters that “we didn’t go there” when considering Luck’s poor 2015 campaign. Franchise quarterbacks are the most valuable commodity in sports and we’d argue they are all undervalued because of the salary cap.

“I am thrilled and excited to continue with this great organization,” Luck said Wednesday in a statement. “I am thankful to the Irsay family and Mr. Irsay for providing me with this great opportunity and the trust that they’ve shown in me. I can’t wait for this season to start.”



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