Andrew Luck signed the richest contract in NFL history Wednesday, a six-year, $140 million deal that includes a record $87 million in guaranteed money. Luck, 26, is considered the top young quarterback in football, but he wasn’t very good last year, throwing for 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in seven games.
So, did Jim Irsay and the Colts make the right move?
“I think there are some general mangers in the league who would not want to sign a quarterback to the biggest contract in history coming off the season he just had,” themmqb.com’s Peter King said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “Andrew Luck, there were some worrying signs last year. He was extremely careless at times, so I think there’s some general managers that would not have wanted to sign that deal. But at the end of the day, really, let’s think about it. Every time we talk about contracts, especially quarterback contracts, I just shake my head or shrug my shoulders because more than any position in this game, the quarterback is going to get vastly overpaid compared to other positions on the field. That’s just the way it is. In three years, that contract is going to be the 11th-rated contract for quarterbacks. It’s really not that big a deal because all that happens is people play hopscotch with quarterback contracts.”
While Luck has the richest contract in league history, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets remain at a standstill. Thankfully, mercifully, King sees an end to this game of chicken.
“I think it’ll happen right before training camp,” he said. “That’s just a gut feeling. I think (the Bills) know they certainly don’t want to enter the season with Ryan Fitzpatrick holding out. They want Ryan Fitzpatrick. There’s absolutely no question that Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker – that entire offense – wants Fitzpatrick. My feeling is they just do a very easy, simple one-year deal for $10 million. Then if Ryan Fitzpatrick plays great, then they continue to delay the (Christian) Hackenberg (era) for another year. If he doesn’t play great, then they don’t have to have any financial obligation to him beyond 2016. They can give the job to Hackenberg either late this year or at the start of 2017.”
And, finally, Johnny Manziel, has been suspended for four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. He could face additional discipline for other transgressions, including an assault charge levied by his ex-girlfriend.
Manziel, 23, is a free agent, but he’s done in the NFL, right?
“I can’t see it, but there was a time that Michael Vick was never going to step foot on a field again,” King pointed out. “When he’s sitting in Leavenworth for 17 months, who would have thought that Michael Vick had a second act in the NFL? So I think you never say never about this stuff, but the problem with Manziel is that what he has done is a little bit different, with all due respect, to what Michael Vick did. What Michael Vick did was incredibly reprehensible with the dog abuse, but that wasn’t any sort of addictive situation. Johnny Manziel, he didn’t play great when he played, and now you have to worry about the addictions. I think (a return to the NFL is) probably unlikely, but again, it’s the NFL. You never say never.”