Despite a lackluster season plagued by injuries, Andrew Luck should be getting a raise soon, Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay told WISH-TV Tuesday, per the Colts’ official website.
“It’s going to be a big number,” said Irsay. “Nine figures and probably a $20 million starting point per year.”
Luck should be recovered from a lacerated kidney by the start of training camp, hoping to put together another year like his 2014 campaign. He threw for 40 scores while leading his team to the AFC Championship Game that season.
It quickly became clear just how much Luck meant to the franchise, as the Colts went downhill quickly after his injury this past season. The Week 17 starter was Josh Freeman, who just a week prior was sitting on his couch unemployed, and the Colts barely mustered a 30-24 victory over the lowly Titans to salvage an 8-8 record.
“The question again remains how can you build that roster around him,” said Irsay, who also retained head coach Chuck Pagano after the season with the intention of returning to the postseason.
The exact amount of Luck’s contact is irrelevant, as ESPN thinks he might get the largest contract ever, reaching closer to an annual average of $25 million. The main thing is, Irsay and the Colts are looking to lock Luck down long-term, no matter the cost.
Colts’ fans should be excited about this development, and with Luck in tow, the future is bright in Indy.