Andrew Luck was once the most promising young quarterback in the NFL. After being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, he immediately became the Colts starter in the wake of Peyton Manning. He also went 11-5 in each of his first three seasons and signed one of the largest contract extensions in NFL history.
Unfortunately, things have gone a bit South. He only started seven games in 2015 due to injury and then missed the entire 2017 season with a shoulder ailment. Will he play in 2018? Frankly, no one seems to know. One thing is for sure, though: the Colts won’t be trading Luck to another team, no matter what.
Chris Ballard, the team’s general manager, told the official team website that teams have been calling about Luck, but the answer is a firm “no.”
“Look, we had some calls last year at the trade deadline,” Ballard said, according to Andrew Walker of Colts.com. “And I just – come on man. I’m not taking those seriously.”
“We’re not trading Andrew Luck. I’m not putting that on my resume.”
Team owner Jim Irsay also talked about the potential to trade Luck, but suggested the Colts had already turned down “unprecedented offers” for the 28-year-old.
“Trust me, there were people that would’ve given an unprecedented amount of draft picks, all with a No. 1 (pick) behind them, for him, and we wouldn’t even think of drifting in that direction,” said Irsay. “He’s our guy. We feel 100-percent confident that he is going to come back and lead this football team with some of the new teammates he’s accumulated to great things.”
Then again, the Colts also confirmed that Luck isn’t even back to throwing footballs yet. Minicamps and OTAs begin in May, with the official training camp opening in July. There’s no reason to believe Luck will be suiting up for the Colts when the 2018 season kicks off on September 6th, unless that shoulder starts to improve in a hurry.