Colts confident of agreeing deal with QB Luck


Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said contract talks are progressing well with star quarterback Andrew Luck, with the NFL franchise hopeful of agreeing a new deal before training camp.

Irsay revealed on Saturday that "serious talks" have taken place with Luck, who is in the final year of his rookie contract.

A contract reportedly worth at least $100million has been touted after Irsay previously said the first overall pick in the 2012 Draft was in line for a "shocking" new deal.

Speaking at the NFL Draft, Irsay told reporters he is hoping to finalise an agreement with the 26-year-old by July.

"Serious talks have happened," Irsay said. "The discussions we've had indicate we should be able to come to a deal. But until you do, we still have ground to cover, there's no question about that.

"It's a complicated contract. It's one that has to work both ways to make sure we're able to field a great football team where Andrew can be part of one or more championship teams.

"It takes time, but we've made real progress and I don't see any reason why discussions can't eventually before we get to training camp produce a new contract.

"I think both sides feel the sooner the better, if it's possible, and I believe both sides believe it's possible. How do you create an 11th-hour dynamic where people really get to their end game? That's kind of hard, but I think we can do that because both sides realise that this is a deal hopefully [that] should get done."

Irsay added: "I think I remember doing [Peyton Manning's] last contract in training camp. Obviously before we get to training [camp] we'd like to do it.

"There are times when you get to camp, you're into the pre-season, you can still get something done."

Luck appeared in just seven games last season as he dealt with a lacerated kidney and an abdominal tear. 

In those appearances, Luck completed 162 passes for 1,881 yards and 15 touchdowns.