Andrew Luck became the NFL's highest-paid player Wednesday when he signed a new six-year contract to be the Indianapolis Colts' quarterback through 2021.
The first word of the new deal came from Colts owner Jim Irsay, who tweeted at 3:13 p.m.: “Andrew has signed through 2021.” Irsay reported the deal is worth $140 million.
Irsay’s daughter, Carlie, tweeted a picture of Luck signing the new contract, which will make him the NFL’s highest-paid player.
The contract will reportedly pay Luck $25 million for the first three years, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport. Luck was entering the final year of his rookie contract.
“This is an exciting day for the organization and Colts fans around the globe,” Irsay said in a team release. “Andrew is the consummate professional, possesses extraordinary talent and is our leader on and off the field. When you consider what this team has accomplished in four seasons with Andrew under center, you cannot help but be thrilled about the future.”
Luck, the 2012 No. 1 overall selection, is entering his fifth NFL season. He made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons before missing nine games due to injuries last season.
“I am thrilled and excited to continue with this great organization,” Luck said. “I am thankful to the Irsay family and Mr. Irsay for providing me with this great opportunity and the trust that they’ve shown in me. I can’t wait for this season to start.”
Luck has started all 55 games he has played in and completed 1,224-of-2,106 passes for 14,838 yards with 101 touchdowns and 55 interceptions for an 85.0 passer rating. Luck also has 222 rushes for 1,101 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 12 rushing touchdowns since 2012 are tied for the third-most among NFL quarterbacks and rank second among AFC quarterbacks during that time span.
Luck has been one of the most productive quarterbacks in NFL history in a player’s first four seasons. His attempts (2,106), passing yards (14,838) and passing touchdowns (101) each rank as the fifth-most in NFL history and the second-most in franchise history in a player’s first four years. Luck’s completions (1,224) rank as the eighth-most in NFL history and the second-most in team history in a player’s first four seasons.
He reached 13,000 career passing yards in his 49th game, becoming the third-fastest quarterback to reach that plateau. Luck threw his 100th career touchdown pass in his 55th game, which tied for the fourth fastest in NFL history.
In his first three seasons, Luck led the Colts to three consecutive 11-5 seasons and 33 victories, which tied for the second-most wins to start a career since 1970. He has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week three times, earned FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week one time and was named PEPSI MAX NFL Rookie of the Week three times in 2012.
Luck had a career-year in 2014 as he started all 16 games and set single-season career highs in completions (380), passing yards (4,761), passing touchdowns (40) and passer rating (96.5). His passing yards set a franchise single-season record while his touchdown total led the NFL and ranked as the second-highest single-season mark in Colts history. Luck also set a franchise record with eight consecutive 300-yard passing games from Weeks 3 through 11 as he was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl.
His 12,957 passing yards from 2012-14 was the highest total through the first three seasons of a quarterback’s career in NFL history, while his 86 touchdowns rank second during that span. Luck also registered a career-high 64 carries for 272 yards and three touchdowns. In three postseason starts in 2014, he completed 70-of-120 passes for 767 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions. Luck helped lead the Colts to an appearance in the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 2009.
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