The Colts could be looking to add a quarterback before their regular-season opener.
Andrew Luck, who struggled with injuries throughout his career, shockingly announced his retirement Saturday after seven years with Indianapolis. The top pick in the 2012 draft was a four-time Pro Bowl player and was named the Comeback Player of the Year last season.
“I’ve been stuck in this process,” Luck said at a press conference. “I haven’t been able to live the life I want to live. It’s taken the joy out of this game. … The only way forward for me is to remove myself from football. This is not an easy decision. It’s the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me.”
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) August 25, 2019
With Luck’s departure, the Colts are set to enter the season with Jacoby Brissett under center. Brissett has made 17 career starts over three seasons.
“We’ve got a good football team,” Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard told reporters. “This is a good football team. We’re young, good on both fronts, (we have) some good young skill players and a good young quarterback in Jacoby Brissett. We’re not going to ask Jacoby Brissett to be Andrew Luck. Andrew Luck was a unique, unique player, but Jacoby Brissett is a winning football player in this league. Jacoby Brissett is a rare, rare leader.”
The Colts, however, may look to acquire another signal-caller via trade as they lack an experienced backup behind Brissett. And, the team has plenty of “draft picks to work with,” as noted by The Athletic.
Here are three quarterbacks the Colts could target
Teddy Bridgewater, Saints
New Orleans landed the 26-year-old QB in a deal with the Jets in August 2018 and then re-signed him to a new one-year contract this offseason. But, Taysom Hill has pushed Bridgewater for the Saints backup quarterback spot behind Drew Brees, which could make the 2014 first-round pick available for the right price. Bridgewater has an injury history of his own and has played in just six games over the last two seasons. Yet, he has shown flashes of promise and would be a strong second option if Brissett gets hurt or is ineffective.
Nate Sudfeld, Eagles
Sudfeld entered training camp as the Eagles’ clear No. 2 quarterback behind Carson Wentz after Nick Foles left the team and signed with the Jaguars in the offseason. The 25-year-old, however, broke the wrist on his non-throwing hand in the preseason opener, which led Philadelphia to bring in veteran Josh McCown. Sudfeld may only miss a few weeks of regular-season action and could be expendable upon his return with the addition of McCown.
Colt McCoy, Redskins
McCoy is another injured quarterback who has a chance to end up on the Colts’ radar. McCoy began training camp atop Washington’s depth chart, but he continues to recover from the broken leg he suffered last season and is unlikely to be ready for Week 1, coach Jay Gruden said earlier this month. The Redskins will start Case Keenum and they also selected Dwayne Haskins with the No. 15 pick in the 2019 draft. If Keenum impresses, or the team turns to Haskins, Washington may look to move McCoy once he’s fully healthy.