Some would say this article’s headline is silly. Others would say it’s insane. After all, Luck was considered the one sure-fire player in his draft class, the one player who was ready to start in the NFL, the neck beard to rule them all, and the Colts didn’t dare trade away the first pick and lose him.
But Colts fans are likely wondering about this very nightmarish possibility. I know that I am. Consider the following…
Luck signed the (then) richest NFL contract in history in June of 2016, and some called it a bargain. By the end of the 2016 season, Luck needed shoulder surgery, and nobody has seen him throw a football since.
In June, the team essentially knew Luck wouldn’t be ready to go for training camp. As training camp opened in July, Luck himself wouldn’t commit to being ready for Week 1. As we neared Week 1 of the regular season, Coach Pagano said he’s “never there to see” the quarterback put the ball in the air.
Let that sink in for a moment: the head coach is never there to see if his only hope of continued employment can throw a football. What, is Pagano spending every day at Krispy Kreme?
And the Colts wasted no time to say that Luck still won’t play in Week 2, three days before they needed to make that announcement. But otherwise, they are still being very secretive about Luck’s current rehab status, or even if he’s throwing yet.
Where am I going with this, you might ask? Money. The ink on that fat contract was barely dry, and now the Colts are on the hook for at least $45 million dollars guaranteed, even if Luck never takes another snap.
Sure, maybe they’re just protecting their investment. They wouldn’t want him to re-injure that shoulder before it’s completely healed and lose him indefinitely, right? The key word here is indefinitely, because we are already in the indefinitely zone THIS year.
That brings us back to the money. Recall the Redskins and the guy who beat out Luck for the Rookie of the Year award: the team eventually bubble-wrapped RG3 and hoped for a trade that never came. Then RG3 was dumped, he signed with the Browns, aaaaaannnd he got injured in his first game. We haven’t seen much of him since.
In other words, the Colts have bubble-wrapped Luck. And gagged him. And gagged the entire front office and coaching staff. And they’re hoping that Luck will heal juuuuust enough that someone will take a gamble and trade for him and his monster contract.
Maybe I’m way off base. But I won’t be surprised if Luck never takes another snap for the Colts again. Or anyone else.