NFL Rumors: Irsay says deal with Andrew Luck is close

By Gil Alcaraz IV

Rumors surfaced earlier in the offseason that contract talks between Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts were hitting roadblocks. Colts owner Jim Irsay, though, is out to give fans some peace of mind as Day 1 of the team’s July 28 training camp creeps closer.

“We [are] close on #12’s deal, it’ll get done,” Irsay announced via his personal Twitter account today.

With the rookie wage scales that the NFL implemented in the new CBA, it’s unlikely that the 2012 No. 1 overall pick will have to resort to a holdout to get his deal done. Luck is looking at a contract similar to that of 2011 No. 1 pick, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who signed a four-year, $22 million deal last season.

Throughout the process, Luck has also expressed his optimism towards getting a deal done.

“I’m sure [the contract] will get done,” Luck said back at the end of June.

Another rumor arose earlier in the offseason that marketing was an issue; the Colts reportedly wanted control over the off-field exposure that Luck got and were even asking for final say on the endorsement deals that he signed. Irsay, however, stomped out those rumors and again reassured the public that finalization was not far away.

There’s still plenty of time for the Colts and Luck’s representatives to come to an understanding. With just under three weeks before the start of training camp, there’s no need for the Colts to hastily put this contract together for their quarterback of the future.

No need to fret Colts fans; a deal will be done by the time training camp starts. Luck is on your side.

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