The Indianapolis Colts are entitled to a significant amount of money back from Andrew Luck now that he has decided to retire, but they are not going to create a situation where there could be tension between the former No. 1 overall pick and the franchise.
The Colts have reached a financial settlement with Luck and will not seek to recoup any of the money he could have potentially owed them, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Luck would have been contractually obligated to pay back a total of $24.8 million stemming from a pro-rated amount of his $32 million signing bonus from 2016 and $12 million in roster bonuses he was paid when the new league year began in March, but the Colts are letting him keep it all.
Luck dealt with numerous significant injuries throughout his NFL career, and the Colts clearly want to show that they appreciate all he went through. Irsay applauded Luck for leaving what he estimated to be close to $450 million on the table by walking away from football, so the owner is letting him keep the $24.8 million as what Schefter describes as a “parting gift.”
We know Colts fans didn’t treat Luck all that well with their reaction to his shocking retirement decision, but the team deserves credit for showing him a great deal of respect.
Andrew Luck was showered with boos during what may have been his final walk off an NFL football field on Sunday night, and Pro Bowl defensive back Richard Sherman is among those who think the way some Indianapolis Colts fans reacted to Luck’s retirement was classless.
News surfaced during the Colts’ preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Saturday night that Luck had informed the team he was retiring, and the 29-year-old heard a chorus of boos at Lucas Oil Stadium as he walked off the field. Sherman called it “disgraceful” that fans would react that way after all Luck gave them.
Luck has suffered numerous significant injuries throughout his career, and he said on Saturday that the cycle of being in pain and rehabbing he had fallen into the past four years took its toll on him and took away his love of the game. It’s hard to fault a player for calling it a career when playing the game is negatively impacting his quality of life, but the Colts fans who booed obviously had zero time to digest the news and reacted without thinking it through.
You can certainly understand why Luck felt the way he did about the boos, but in time Colts fans will likely applaud everything he accomplished on the field.
One of the most underrated aspects of the shocking Andrew Luck retirement will be the potential disappearance of one of the best parody Twitter accounts ever created. On Sunday morning, Capt. Andrew Luck said farewell to football.
Of course, the tweet was perfect:
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Capt. Andrew Luck account, it has more than 500,000 followers and portrays Luck like a Civil War hero who writes letters to his mother. Here’s the most recent tweet before the retirement on Sunday morning:
Hopefully, Capt. Andrew Luck will find a way to stick around even with the Colts quarterback no longer playing. We know how Luck feels about the account, so he probably wouldn’t be upset to see it keep going.
Andrew Luck gave an honest press conference on Saturday night after news of his shocking retirement leaked. During that time of honesty, the former Indianapolis Colts quarterback admitted he was hurt by the fans who booed him walking off the field at Lucas Oil Stadium after the Colts’ preseason loss to the Bears.
Videos showed fans booing Luck when he walked off the field. The boos came as news of Luck’s decision to retire circulated.
Luck, 29, said that the cycle of being in pain and rehabbing that he’d fallen into the past four years took its toll on him and took away his love of the game. He suffered numerous injuries since 2015, including rib, kidney, abdominal, shoulder, a concussion, and ankle/calf injuries. He was beat up by the game and felt like he’d been totally drained mentally by the rehab.
The decision means he walks away from the NFL having been named to four Pro Bowls and earned $97 million. He left about $64 million on the table by walking away from his current contract.
Congratulations to Doug Gottlieb for inserting himself into the Andrew Luck retirement story with the worst tweet possible on the matter.
Gottlieb, a former college basketball player and current FOX Sports Radio talk show host, ripped Luck for retiring. He called Luck a “millennial” and said the quarterback was retiring because rehab was “too hard.”
Here we were thinking it was bad of Indianapolis Colts fans to boo Luck, and Gottlieb somehow topped them.
Since 2015, Luck has suffered:
– torn labrum in shoulder (he played through this injury in 2016)
– torn cartilage in two ribs
– lacerated kidney
– partially torn abdomen
– at least one concussion
– current ankle/calf injury that led to his retirement
A hit Luck took from Danny Trevathan in 2015 left a doctor saying the injuries were consistent with a car crash victim.
Luck has always had a true love of the game and been one of the most physical quarterbacks when he’s played, going back to his college college days. He is a tough dude who played through injuries and never shied away from contact. Walking away from football after being broken by the injuries and rehab is a personal choice that he is free to make. We will miss watching him but understand his difficult decision. It’s a shame there are knuckleheads out there like Gottlieb who don’t get it.
Andrew Luck made the shocking decision to retire from the NFL due to the toll all of his injuries have taken on his body and mind. His decision shows how much he values his health over money.
Luck was in the middle of a five-year, $123 million contract extension he signed with the Indianapolis Colts in June 2016. According to Spotrac, Luck still had $64 million left on his contract. The quarterback was due a $6 million roster bonus on September 17.
Luck was owed $9.125 million in base salary this season and $12 million in roster bonuses (half of which was paid in March).
Luck had made just over $97 million during his playing career, which lasted from 2012-2018 (including the 2017 season, which he missed due to shoulder surgery). The Colts have $12.8 million of Luck’s signing bonus allocated over 2019 and 2020, which they could ask for back given the quarterback’s retirement.
Luck was booed by Colts fans as he walked off the field at the end of the team’s preseason game Saturday night.
Indianapolis Colts fans did not exactly express gratitude towards Andrew Luck after learning of his shocking retirement decision on Saturday night.
Luck was on the sidelines for the Colts’ preseason game against the Chicago Bears when news broke that he was retiring from the NFL. He was escorted off the field at Lucas Oil Stadium at the end of the team’s 27-17 loss. Fans were heard booing him:
Colts fans have every right to be upset over the news, but they should not be booing Luck.
The 29-year-old played through injuries upon injuries during his career with the team and still led them to the playoffs four times and two division titles. He decided to walk away from the game despite being owed around $64 million because injuries had worn him down. The fans can be angry, but booing him shows no compassion whatsoever.
They likely know how lucky they were to have Luck and Peyton Manning back-to-back and understand how difficult it will be to find another franchise quarterback.
Andrew Luck has made the absolutely shocking decision to retire from the NFL in the middle of his prime, and it’s apparently a choice he’s been thinking about for a few weeks.
Luck has barely participated in the Indianapolis Colts’ offseason workouts or training camp due to a mysterious leg injury. He was trying to get ready for Week 1 despite the calf/ankle injury. However, news came out on Saturday night via ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Luck was retiring.
Schefter described Luck as mentally worn down.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says Luck had been considering retirement for a few weeks and that his love for the game waned.
Luck has been dealing with injuries the last few years that have affected his mental state. On top of the current leg injury he’s been dealing with, Luck missed all of the 2017 season recovering from shoulder surgery.
He said in August that recovering from his current injury was frustrating.
“At times I do worry about it. It can be frustrating,” Luck said earlier this month.
Luck suffered a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle in 2015, which is the same year he tore the labrum in his shoulder. He played through a torn cartilage in his ribs in 2015. He played through the torn labrum in 2016 but missed all of 2017 while recovering from surgery. Last year he admitted he suffered another shoulder injury while snowboarding in late 2016. He also suffered a concussion in 2016.
“I’ve seen more doctors than I can count on two hands over the past two or three years,” Luck said last year.
The 29-year-old was the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. He made four Pro Bowls, threw for 39 touchdowns last season, and was viewed as an MVP contender in the middle of his prime. Instead, he walks away having made $97 million during his career.
Andrew Luck has dropped the biggest story of the NFL season, all before Week 1 has begun.
Luck is retiring from the NFL, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Saturday night. Schefter says Luck met with Colts owner Jim Irsay to share the news.
The news comes out of nowhere as no indication had ever been given that Luck was contemplating his NFL future.
The Indianapolis Colts quarterback has been dealing with a lower leg injury that’s prevented him from participating in most of the team’s offseason program and training camp. His status entering Week 1 was unknown, but he was working to try and get ready for the season.
Since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2012, Luck has had a rough time with injuries. He missed time in 2015 due to a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle. He played through a shoulder injury in 2016 that required surgery and kept him out for the entire 2017 season. He returned last season and threw for 4593 yards, 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, making his fourth career Pro Bowl.
The 29-year-old has earned about $97 million during his playing career. He was in the middle of a five-year contract worth nearly $123 million.
The former Stanford quarterback’s father Oliver is the commissioner of the upcoming XFL, a spring football league. One has to wonder whether Luck has any plans to be part of that venture.
Andrew Luck’s status for Week 1 is one of the most intriguing questions entering the NFL season.
Luck has been dealing with an ankle/calf injury that has kept him from participating in nearly all of the Indianapolis Colts’ practices since the offseason. The team has been working to figure out the exact cause of Luck’s pain, but there seems to be uncertainty regarding the injury.
As for one of Luck’s issues, ESPN’s Mike Wells reported that the QB has had difficulty doing side-to-side movements.
From Wells’ report:
“[Luck’s] workout included footwork drills where he went side-to-side before attempting a pass. Luck’s had a difficult time with side-to-side movement due to the pain in his left ankle.”
Despite his injury, Luck worked out before Saturday’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. In this video clip shared by Dan Graziano on Instagram, Luck seemed to look good going side-to-side.
That was only one clip, but maybe Luck is getting closer to being ready.
Colts head coach Frank Reich reportedly would like to make a decision on the starting quarterback position after the team’s third preseason game. Backup Jacoby Brissett went 8/10 for 100 yards and a touchdown against Cleveland. If he has another strong performance, Reich might be motivated to let Luck heal for another week and roll with Brissett in the team’s opener against the Chargers.