Colts not optimistic Andrew Luck will return, could be in market for QB
Andrew Luck made the shocking decision to retire just before the start of the 2019 season, and there has been plenty of talk about him potentially returning at some point because he is still so young. However, the Indianpolis Colts are not relying on that.
Luck spent some time around the Colts facility during the season, but team owner Jim Irsay recently told Ian Rapoport of NFL Media that Indy is not expecting the 30-year-old to come out of retirement.
“Going into the offeason, we have to proceed as if Andrew is officially retired,” owner Jim Irsay told NFL.com recently. “So that’s how we operate now.”
According to Rapoport, the Colts may not be sold on sticking with Jacoby Brissett as their starting quarterback. Brissett has been good in spurts this season, but he has not played all that well during Indy’s current four-game losing streak. Not having TY Hilton on the field for the majority of that certainly did not help.
Brissett is owed a guaranteed $7 million in 2020 and can make up to $8 million in incentives, so his contract is team-friendly. Despite that, Rapoport expects the Colts to explore the quarterback market “significantly” in the draft.
All indications have been that Luck has no intention of returning to the NFL, which makes sense given that injuries were his reason for retiring. Much like Rob Gronkowski, Luck seemed concerned about his quality of life going forward. That is a lot different from a player who retires because they question their passion for the game.