The Colts have decided to settle with Andrew Luck over his 2019 salary.
Less than a day after Luck’s shocking retirement, Indianapolis agreed to let him keep the $24.8 million he was slotted to make this season rather than taking it back, ESPN reported, citing unidentified league sources.
If the Colts chose to, they could have claimed the $12 million in roster bonuses he was paid in March on top of the prorated $12.8 million part of his $32 million signing bonus he got when he signed his five-year, $122 million extension.
In some ways, it’s considered to be a thank you gift for what Luck has done for the franchise and how he’s taking a beating during his career.
Colts owner Jim Irsay said after news broke of Luck’s retirement, he was leaving millions behind in NFL wages, but added Luck essentially told him his health and mentality wasn’t worth the money.
“It’s a tough thing, look it, he’s leaving $450 million on the table potentially,” Irsay said. “I mean, a half a billion dollars, and he’s saying, ‘You know what, I want to have my integrity. I have to be able to look (wide receiver) T.Y. (Hilton) in the eye, look my teammates, look coach, look (GM) Chris (Ballard) and say, I’m all in,’ and he just didn’t feel he could do that.”
Luck confirmed that after he officially announced he retirement, saying the injuries have become too much.
“(The injuries have) taken my joy of this game away. I’ve been stuck in this process. I haven’t been able to live the life I want to live. After 2016, I played in pain and was unable to practice, I said I wouldn’t go through that again,” Luck said.
“It’s sad but I also have a lot of clarity in this. Difficult process. My wife, family, friends, Chris Ballard, Mr. (Jim) Irsay, Frank Reich have been incredibly supportive. Thankful for them.”
Luck’s career ends with him throwing for 23,671 yards with 171 touchdowns and 83 interceptions in his career.