The Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback issue, after Philip Rivers decided to retire, could be solved if the 31-year-old Andrew Luck would just decide to end his retirement and come on back to the franchise that drafted him in 2012.
Could that happen? Jim Irsay is on record this week saying that the door is open if the 53-33 QB with four playoff wins on his resume decides he wants another shot at a Super Bowl.
“It stands where it stands. Andrew’s retired. He knows we would love to have him back, but only he could ever answer that question,” Irsay said Wednesday on a State of the Colts conference call.
The Colts hold the No. 21 pick in the draft, which means they probably won’t land one of the top four quarterbacks. Matthew Stafford could therefore be the move. There’s a belief amongst Colts observers that the franchise would consider giving up a first-round pick and maybe more to get Stafford, who turns 33 in February, from the Lions.
Colts fans booed Luck as he came off the field tonight?!
YOUR QUARTERBACK SITUATION WENT FROM PEYTON MANNING TO ANDREW LUCK IN THE LAST 20 SEASONS, COLTS FANS. GEEZ! pic.twitter.com/3MKohgPl3a
— OrdioMongo (@OrdioMongo) August 25, 2019
However, Irsay made it clear during the conference call that a Luck comeback would change everything.
“He knows we would love to have him back,’’ Irsay told reporters. “But only he can answer that question deep in his heart and his soul: ‘Hey, do I really want to come back and be a quarterback for the Colts again in the NFL?’ It’s easy for us. He knows how much we’d love to have him be our quarterback.
“I don’t really know if we’ll see that. I think he’s happy. He’s raising his daughter. He has a wonderful family. He’s a great Colt. He knows that he can come back anytime he wants, but at the same time we respect he’s made that decision.’’