Will The Colts Trade Andrew Luck?

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Jan 1, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) celebrates after the Colts scored the winning touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Jacksonville 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) celebrates after the Colts scored the winning touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Jacksonville 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Greenberg started quite the ruckus this week when he speculated that Andrew Luck wanted out of Indy. The rumor was quickly shut down by Luck’s agent, but does it have any truth?

On the Mike and Mike show, Greenberg stated,  “ [Luck’s] unhappiness and perhaps some familial unhappiness–if you will, stems back beyond this, that maybe he felt that he’d played when he wasn’t 100% healthy. “

It isn’t unreasonable to assume that Luck played unhealthy last season. In fact, it’s most definitely true. If Luck received pressure from Irsay to play hurt last season, that could have potentially created the “unhappiness” Greenberg claims exists. Luck may also feel that when he does return to the field, his re injury risk is high due to poor protection upfront. Even if both of these things are true, however, it is unlikely Luck would ask for a trade.

The simple answer right now is no. Andrew Luck is not looking to be traded, and he won’t be dealt any time soon. It is likely that Luck is frustrated with the organization, but he wouldn’t have signed such a large deal just a year ago.

But if this rumor is somehow true, what would the Colts get for Andrew Luck. Here are some hypothetical trades:

Proposed trades 1

San Francisco receives:

QB Andrew Luck

2018 Third Round

2019 6th Round

Indianapolis receives:

LB Reuben Foster

DE Solomon Thomas

2018 First Round

2019 First Round

2020 First Round

2018 Second Round

2019 Second Round

2019 Third Round

2020 Fifth Round

 

Proposed Trade 2:

Minnesota Receives:

QB Andrew Luck

2018 Second Round

Indianapolis Receives:

2018 First Round

2019 First Round

2020 First Round

2021 First Round

2018 Second Round

2019 Second Round

2019 Fifth Round

2018 Fourth Round

QB Teddy Bridgewater

DE Danielle Hunter

 

Proposed Trade 3:

New York (Jets) Receive:

QB Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Receives:

DE Leonard Williams

2018 First

2019 First

2020 First

2021 First

2018 Second

2019 Second

2018 Third

2019 Third

2019 Fifth

In my personal opinion none of these trades would be worth it because Luck would instantly devalue all of those draft picks by succeeding on those other teams. Here is the only trade I would consider acceptable:

Arizona Receives:

QB Andrew Luck

WR Donte Moncrief

2018 Third Round

Indianapolis Receives:

RB David Johnson

CB Patrick Peterson

2018 First Round

2019 First Round

2018 4th Round

In this trade the Colts acquire two superstars and some high draft picks. Arizona might accept this because running backs and cornerbacks generally have shorter careers. Arizona gets a superstar quarterback and a quality wide receiver to pair to a still solid defense while Indy gets a star on offense and defense. Considering that David Johnson would be out for the majority of the season, the Colts would likely have a high pick and select a player to replace Luck.

While this trade makes some sense I would be very sad if it were to happen. Andrew Luck is our franchise cornerstone and if we can make the right moves we can raise multiple banners, but this time as champions.


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