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Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday

Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:15 am
Edited on: February 23, 2012 10:28 am
Luck appears to be the future in Indy, the only question is when. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

The road to the first-overall pick isn't a smooth one. There's all the losing, the waning fan interest, the almost certain turnover on the coaching staff and the roster. But once the offseason arrives and the new faces are in place, hope is renewed.

Now that Colts fans seem to have accepted that Peyton Manning's best days are behind him and Andrew Luck is the future, there are reasons for optimism. Typically, the NFL Draft takes place on the last weekend of April, but the Colts, should they choose, can sign Luck (or any other draft-eligible player) as early as … Friday. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT that after a pair of coin flips locks in the draft order, Indianapolis can ink Luck to a contract.

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Greasing the skids: the new CBA includes a rookie wage scale which means that holdouts are much less likely since there isn't much to negotiate. One of the benefits to doing this sooner than later: it will officially close the book on the Manning era, something owner Jim Irsay is probably eager to do, and the focus would be on Luck, the Colts' next franchise quarterback.

(Then again, maybe Irsay wasn't joking when he said he "would love to have Manning back.")

Should Indy sign Luck before the draft, however, it doesn't mean that the Rams would immediately be on the clock with the No. 2 pick. Aiello explains that only the team holding the first-overall selection has that option.

This is good news for the Browns, Redskins and any other outfit in the market for Robert Griffin III, who is expected to go as high as second overall. It's also good news for the Rams because they'll be able to trade out of the pick and improve their roster in the process.

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Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:10 pm

Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday

colts must want to shoot 4 0 n 16 this season id laugh u guys sucked with 2 vetran qbs now u want a rookie to start ha  stupid move

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:54 pm

Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday

I'm gonna laugh my arse off if Curtis Painter wins the starting job in training camp.

Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:33 pm

Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday

I don't know why teams with the first pick in the draft often take QBs, very few turn out to be worth the money that is spent on them. They think that a rookie QB is going to get them a championship? There is a reason that they have the first pick and it's not neccessarily the QBs fault.  If the Colts draft Luck, then they should keep Manning under contract for at least 2 more years for Luck to learn from. If they don't, Luck will be a bust from being thrust into the hot seat on a crappy team.

Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:27 pm

Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday


My point, exactly!  I think he could have, perhaps, been a franchise QB, himself.  ;)

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:15 pm

Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday

If you put Luck in a position like David Carr or Joey Harrington, he could easily become another of these busts. 
I am fully convinced that had Carr not been obliterated behind that Houston o-line, that he would have turned into a good QB, or at least a solid starter.

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:55 pm

Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday

DRKATO said it all... in fact this string should just say: Refer to what DRKATO said. 
Nice posts. 

How Leaf's name made in here is funny.

Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:46 pm

Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday

Andrew Luck to the best of my knowledge isnt the type of QB to step right in and not need an offensive coordinator.
It is funny that you called the writer of this piece an idiot, and those that echo his comments in any way fools, yet this comment puts a huge spotlight on you own lack of knowledge. You don't think Luck can run an offense without an OC? Well, it is a moot point, because I never heard of a team without an OC, but even if that were the case, all Luck needs is a playbook. He can call all the plays on the field and has done it for a long time. He did it for nearly 100% of the Stanford plays this last year. Obviously he can't be instantly as successful as a 15 year vet, but he can surely be as successful as Peyton was when he first started doing it.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:40 pm

Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday

It's funny how knuckleheads on here want to blast the Pac 10 QB busts and mention Leinhart, Sanchez, Palmer and Leaf.  Sanchez is still the starter in NY and has led them to two championship games so I would hardly call him a bust.  Palmer has been to multiple pro bowls despite serious knee injury and is also one of the 32 starting QB's in the NFL. 

John Elway played at Stanford, Aaron Rodgers at California, Jim Plunkett at Stanford, Troy Aikman at UCLA, Dan Fouts at Oregon, Warren Moon at Washington and the list can go on and on.  There are a limited number of QB jobs in the NFL and they don't open up often so when you look closely you will not find a lot of QB starters from any collegiate conference. 

Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:35 pm

Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday

Right, and there are a lot of QB's available that you could win with if you have put together a decent team.  If you rely solely on the success and transformation of a rookie quarterback you are taking quite a risk.

Ryan Leaf has been mentioned.  How about Jerry Tagge, Rich Campbell, Todd Blackledge, Art Schlichter (who'd he play for?), Kelly Stouffer, Jeff George, Andre Ware, Todd Marinovich, David Klingler, Tommy Maddox, Rick Mirer, Heath Shuler, Jim Druckenmiller, Tim Couch, Akili Smith, Cade McNown, Joey Harrington, J.P. Losman, JaMarcus Russell, Michael Vick (expected to be a franchise QB - no Super Bowl and he's not there now), Vince Young, Dan McGwire, Mike Phipps, Jack Thompson?

If Andrew Luck has the same "luck" these guys did, the Colts will be in for a long decade.

In addition to the above list, a list that might include Jim McMahon and David Woodley and another 20-or-so quarterbacks that went to a championship game even though they had careers that were far less than stellar might show that you don't really need the best quarterback ever to have a good team.  Sure, it can't hurt - but if you don't have anything else, you may want to address some of those other needs first.  If you put Luck in a position like David Carr or Joey Harrington, he could easily become another of these busts.  If he gets eaten alive it won't matter how good he could be.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:31 pm

Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday

I can't believe anyone would compare Ryan Leaf to Andrew Luck.  Sure Leaf was potential #1 overall pick but in terms of maturity and intelligence there is a big difference between Stanford and Washington State.  Furthermore Leaf had one great year, Luck has three great years and has been considered the best player on the team even with Heisman runner up Toby Gearhardt on the team.  Stanford is also a running team so Luck's numbers are not over inflated.  Stanford runs a pro set offense.  Luck has never had standout wide recievers he has had to rely on tight ends to catch his passes. 

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