Colts request formal NFL investigation of Commanders for tampering with Andrew Luck. What do we know?
With the Colts owner already having warned the Commanders, it simply follows suit that the franchise has now demanded an investigation into the situation.
The Colts have now taken things to the next level, having formally requested that the league take a look at the Commanders’ contact with their former quarterback. The outcome of such a probe could carry with serious implications for Washington’s team.
Colts demand NFL investigate Commanders for tampering
According to reports, the Indianapolis Colts have requested a formal NFL investigation of alleged tampering by the Washington Commanders. In an earlier report, we cited the comments of Colts owner, Jim Irsay, who gave a frank warning to any team who might consider contacting former quarterback, Andrew Luck. Irsay’s social media post came just one day after a report alluded to the idea that the Washington Commanders “phoned about” the retired quarterback during their offseason search for a signal caller. It is understood that Commanders did not make contact with Luck, his father, nor his uncle who is actually his agent. With that said, the report suggests that the Colts would like the league to determine if Luck was contacted by intermediaries.
You may recall that Luck retired suddenly in 2019 at the age of 29-years-old with three years remaining on his contract. Interestingly, the Colts did not attempt to recover any of their signing bonus payments, preferring instead to allow Luck to keep the entirety of the $24.8 million that was paid to him. It is understood that in doing so they have effectively ensured that should he return to the NFL, he will pick up where he left off in Indianapolis. Indeed, the franchise does in fact still maintain the rights to his services.
Is Andrew Luck ready to return to the NFL?
To be clear, there has been no indication from Luck or anyone else that he intends to take to the field once again. Now 33-years-old, Luck has not played since tearfully bidding goodbye to the game that made him a star. Citing consistent problems which stemmed from a severe shoulder injury, the Stanford product admitted that the joy had been taken out of football for him, such that the only option was to do what was best for his mind and his body. Fast forward to today and there appears to be no change in his stance, but that certainly didn’t stop the Commanders from allegedly trying to change his mind.
If you didn’t know, teams are not allowed to have contact with players who are under contract with other teams, which Luck most definitely is. Should there be any weight to this developing story, we can expect to see significant consequences. Most recently the Miami Dolphins lost a first-round and third-round Draft pick, while owner Stephen Ross was suspended after it was established that they had contact with both Tom Brady and Sean Payton. While the aforementioned report does not specify who the Commanders supposedly spoke to in their attempt to connect with Luck, we can assume it wasn’t anyone in the Colt’s front office. Ultimately, it’s worth noting once again that nothing suggests Luck’s return is imminent and the Colt’s selection of Florida QB, Anthony Richardson, at No. 4 overall does seem to indicate they’re moving on. On the other hand, Irsay and the Colts have now made it glaringly clear that one situation has nothing to do with the other i.e., Andrew Luck is off-limits.
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