If you’re not following Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay on twitter, you should be. Aside from his often entertaining yet confusing musings, he is very loose with news involving his Super Bowl XLI winning club.
Sunday morning Irsay tweeted “1)We r close on#12’s deal,it’ll get done2)We’ve revamped Strength program,more power/explosive lifting;guys moving heavy iron,BULK MONSTERS!”
Naturally, Colts fans are relieved about the Bulk Monsters, but even more excited to read straight from the horse’s mouth that a deal for the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft Andrew Luck is imminent.
This isn’t the first time the owner has made such a claim on Luck’s contract, in fact NFL rumors have been circulating for months that the Colts and their franchise QB are close to a deal. Days after the draft, Irsay said that negotiations had begun and he expected a deal to be finalized swiftly, something you would expect an owner to say about their newly drafted franchise quarterback, whether true or not.
Two months later, a deal was yet to be put in place. On June 23, Irsay took to twitter to refute a claim made by Len Pasquarelli that the quarterback’s contract was being held up due to marketing language by the organization.
That was two weeks ago, and Luck is still without a contract.
According to several sources, Luck’s contract is expected to be very similar to the deal signed by last year’s No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton. The Carolina Panthers signed the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner to a four-year, fully guaranteed $22.025 million deal after the lockout ended last July. Newton’s signing bonus was $14,518,544.
Colts players will report to Anderson University for training camp July 28, and will begin practices the following day. That give Irsay and Luck’s agent (and uncle) Will Wilson another two weeks to finalize the rookie’s contract. This time, Irsay’s tweet may hold water.
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