Show me the money: Andrew Luck gets paid, what does this mean for the QB market?
It’s done. Signed sealed and delivered– Colts’ fans Andrew Luck is all yours! Entering the last year of his contract the Colts and quarterback Andrew Luck have agreed to a contract extension. One that is unheard of in the likes of the National Football League. Technically being that Luck is entering the final year of his rookie deal this one is drawn up as a 5-year extension featuring $122 million in “new money”.
Now let’s be honest here, we knew this was coming. It was just a matter of time and anytime a big contract is written up such as this, it is fun to examine the deal as far as how this can dictate the remainder of the marketplace and whether or not this was a good deal to make. In this article I am going examine both.
But first let’s talk about Andrew Luck. Luck stepped onto the scene as the number one overall draft choice of the 2012 NFL Draft. A day that Colts fans watched one era fade away as a new era emerged. Manning out, Luck in. Let me start off by saying for one professional franchise to go from Peyton Manning to Andrew Luck or from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers the only thing I can say is “why god why not my Buffalo Bills” why couldn’t Buffalo transition from Kelly to anybody but Todd Collins– even Kerry Collins would have been better. But anyways Luck has been everything the Colts had hoped for and then some gradually rising up the playoff ladder from his rookie year until the 2015 season. A season in which Luck had more buzz around his name as a professional quarterback than realistically any other. And might I mention that Luck was on the cover of the majority of Fantasy Football magazines with projections that mirrored Drew Brees’ gaudy numbers due to the arrival of Andre Johnson as if Johnson was Luck’s shiny new toy. Safe to say the fantasy analysts were wrong. Even when healthy, Luck looked like a shell of himself compared to the previous season and when a shoulder injury sidelined him at the mid-point of the season, it appeared as if a healthy Matt Hasselbeck gave the Colts a better chance to win than a healthy Andrew Luck did. Now obviously Andrew Luck is really what GM’s today want in a QB arm strength,size, and mobility. In the case with any quarterback, mobility is a fine line. Mobility vs Andrew Luck was especially a fine line. Luck always tries to make something out of nothing, that’s what makes him special, that is what made him the number one overall pick.
Entering his fifth NFL season Luck has put his body on the line far too much and with that, injuries happen. In my eyes not one single player is more important to the present and to the future of his team than Andrew Luck. At this pace Luck won’t be living as many days as an NFL quarterback as we originally thought and if Andrew Luck is making $122 million over the next five seasons it will not look too good having a heavy price tag for a guy in a cast or on crutches or dare I say it– in a press box. This contract along with another written this off-season will drastically change the QB market for many years to come.
On the first day of NFL Free Agency back in March, we witnessed one quarterback going from one team to the next with a deal that pays him on average $17-18 million a year in Brock Osweiler. Comparing Osweiler to Luck you look at both career’s, Osweiler has started a total of seven games in his NFL career while Luck was drafted number one overall in 2012 and was widely regarded as a “once in a decade” prospect. At the time of his signing with the Texans, Osweiler was/is nothing more than a means to an end for Houston. A franchise truly desperate for a quarterback. This asinine deal (4-years and $72 million) drove the market sky-high for the league’s most high-profile position and has changed the dynamic of the dollar amount per year for any NFL quarterback sitting at a negotiation table. Driving up the asking price of the quarterback whether they are worth it or not. This contract is frankly giving me flashbacks of Rob Johnson who Buffalo willingly traded for, sending a first round pick to Jacksonville in the process and forking over $25 million dollars to Johnson before he donned the red white and blue. Currently one case in point example of how one bloated contract can drastically change another player’s contract negotiations is Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzmagic is still unsigned with the New York Jets after posting record numbers for any Jets QB including Joe Willie Namath. In reality Fitz has given more of his services to multiple franchises– a case could easily be made that he should be making more money than Osweiler. But that is not how this works sometimes. Osweiler has youth on his side, more physical talent, and it doesn’t hurt learning behind one of the greatest of all-time for four seasons. My case for Fitzpatrick is experience and my case against “Brockweiler” is also experience. Osweiler’s deal opened up the flood gates and I expect this to only continue for the next several years. I have always compared Free Agency to Domino’s once the first domino is pushed in the row the rest fall and this is the state of the QB market in today’s NFL. You are or will be filthy rich whether you truly earned it or not, that is up for debate.
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