The Colts are again looking for a quarterback. Phillip Rivers retired, and Jacoby Brissett is a free agent.
2021 will be the team’s fifth inaugural day in five years.
Andrew Luck’s astonishing retirement before the 2019 season left him with a one-year debut in Bristol and then the River for the past two seasons. So would Luck, who is only 31, consider coming out of retirement?
The Colts should at least inquire.
“It’s kind of where it stands: Andrew’s retired,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday, via Fox 59’s Mike Chappell.
But the Colts would have welcomed Luck with open arms if he had decided to return.
“He knows we’d love to return him,” Irsay said. “But only he can answer the 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 is easy for us. He knows how much we would love him for our quarterback.
“I really don’t know if we’ll see. I think he’s happy. He’s raising his daughter. They have a wonderful family. He’s a great colt. He knows he can come back whenever he wants. Is, but at the same time, we respect that he has made that decision. ‘
Irsay looks as if the Colts, with a roster now ready to win, would prefer a veteran. This could mean Matthew Stafford, whom the Lions would trade this offseason.
Stafford has played 12 years, but is only 32, turning 33 next month, so he may be the short-term and long-term answer for a team in this position.
“We believe we are close,” Irsay said. “We have a tremendous nucleus of players who are able to compete for the Super Bowl very soon. Ideally, if you can get someone ready to come in this year and after many years, it gives you your best opportunity, and you have the maturity aspect of getting them to grow and reach that level. Should not be in the form. He needs to reach the Super Bowl and win it.
“We just have to see where the opportunity pushes us. We would love to be able to have a great, young quarterback, and obviously there are some who have been talked about coming into this draft. ”