Over the weekend, Colts owner Jim Irsay took a break from mindless ranting on Twitter to give us some actual news:
Talks with A Luck's agent,Will Wilson(the brother of Andrew's mother) have been productive. Team Counsel Dan Emerson n Will r getting close!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) June 2, 2012
Luck's contract will be in the neighborhood of four years, $22 million guaranteed that includes a $14.5 million signing bonus. That's what Cam Newton got as the No. 1 overall pick last year, and with the rookie wage scale as part of the collective bargaining agreement, that is what Luck will get this year.
The story in all this isn't what Luck will get. It's that it has taken this long for Luck to sign the deal. He and his agent have zero bargaining power. So, what "talks" have been necessary.
Four years. $22 million. $14.5 signing bonus. What else is there to say?
Luck either signs that, or he looks like a greedy putz (because he can't get any more). The Star's Mike Chappell is also wondering why this deal hasn't been signed. Please know (for those of you out there that need this spelled out), I don't think Andrew Luck is a greedy putz. However, the fact that he isn't signed has a few people wondering. It suggests Luck and his agents are trying to maneuver for more money that they cannot get, or that the Colts are just dragging their feet.
When all is said and done, I think Luck will sign soon. I'd be shocked if he isn't at the June minicamp. He's been unable to attend OTAs because of graduation requirements at Stanford. What is likely the case is that Luck and the Colts have agreed on a deal, and the day Luck arrives in Indianapolis for minicamp, the Colts will make a big deal out of him signing his contract. Kind of like how they made a big deal out of Peyton Manning signing his contract day one of training camp in 2011.
Jeez, that seems like a thousand years ago, doesn't it?