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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.

NFL Draft prep
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: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:40 am

Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday

Funny thing is, I don't really care for Manning (although he is/was awesome) and I don't really care for the Dolphins, but if he goes to a team like that or say the Cardinals, I will immediately pull for them to do well. I like the story of the old cowboy ressurecting himself and going out all guns blazing.

Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:36 am

Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday

So, the Colts were only missing a QB last year?  Maybe they should skip Luck.  Trading down could give them more talent than they will know what to do with.  Bring Manning back if he is able to play (or maybe he can hold a clip-board) and go with what you have.  Or trade for Brady Quinn or some other QB that might "work".  What's Matt Leinart up to?  If the Colts put together a monster team without a franchise QB, they may not need to be so dependent upon that QB.  What if Luck gets hurt right away?  What do they have to fall back on?  Nothing.  There are a lot of average-or-better quarterbacks the Colts could snag.  There might even be a good one available with their next pick.  If they really want to build a dynasty, build it with the offensive/defensive lines.  Snatch up a good cover man, grab a good WR, GET A RUNNING BACK!  I'd see what teams are willing to offer for Luck (and they just may be) before I went all-in on him and pinned the next decade-plus of success/failure squarely on him.  They can control keeping him out of the AFC and if they don't get the blockbuster deal they "want", go ahead and draft Luck.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:35 am

Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday

Makes sense. The whole Manning thing not needs to be done with. I really seriously doubt Indy plans to keep him on the roster and fork up 28mil.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:30 am

Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday

The Colts did hire an offensive coordinator, they hired Bruce Arians who was let go by the Steelers.

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:25 am

Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday


What blows my mind are all these reporters and "experts" (LMAO) that keep saying the Peyton Manning era is done and Irsay can't wait to be done with Manning.

All of the signs say you people that say and think that are fools.  The Colts hired a DEFENSIVE MINDED HEAD COACH.  And they still havent hired an offensive coordinator from what I have heard or havent actually.  Why on Gods green earth would you think Manning is done if they dont have an Offensive coordinator a position not needed if your QB is Peyton Manning? 

Andrew Luck to the best of my knowledge isnt the type of QB to step right in and not need an offensive coordinator.  Peyton Manning is though. 

So someone please explain to me all these signs that Manning is done in Indy because from where I sit and using my brain it just doesnt make sense.  Why would Irsay let Manning go without knowing if he can or cant play?  Even at 75% hes still better than 26 other NFL quarterbacks and his style of offensive play he could be around for another 10 years easy.  There is no guarantee Luck will be in the NFL in 3 years.  Andre Ware won their heisman and didnt do squat in the NFL.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:05 am

Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday

wouldnt it be a massive pie in the face for the Colts if they do release Peyton, he goes to another team and takes them to the SB... its an outside chance yes, but lets take into consideration that he is a great QB (yes he had other pieces in place) but he was the core and heart of the Colts, I agree with letting him go if you have already made your decision to play rulete with Luck. but they better be prepared to answer to their fans if that does not go well, and not just this year but for the future.

Either way, best to Peyton. he is a classy player and has provided plenty of excitement for football fans. 

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:01 am

Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday

This is a no brainer for the Colts.  Draft Luck and move on! I mean how freakin lucky are the Colts? How many other NFL teams out there ever to get the chance to have a QB the caliber of Manning for this long THEN have another "potential" franchise QB fall into their laps?

Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:59 am

Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday

No you are not the only one who thinks that but maybe you are the only one to make that comment about the defenses faced by RG3 believing Luck played against better defenses in the PAC 12. No D in the title no D in their game.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:56 am

Colts could sign Luck as soon as Friday

Am i the only one who thinks it is hilarious that Cleveland or Washington or going to get RG3? He is a HUGE bust in the making. Braxton Miller throws for 40 tds against the sorry ass big12. Go ahead and fight for that #2 pick. Maybe Colt McCoy can tell RG3 a lil about the NFL vs college. Or better yet the NFL on a horrible team vs college. Have fun.

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