Jim Irsay Says He Hasn't Asked Andrew Luck to Return to Colts After Retiring

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2020

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck shakes hands with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay after a news conference following the team's NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Indianapolis. The oft-injured star is retiring at age 29. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay hasn't spoken with Andrew Luck about a possible comeback for 2020.

Irsay told reporters Sunday that head coach Frank Reich and general manager Chris Ballard met with Luck but that he has no idea whether the four-time Pro Bowler wants to play again, per Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis:

Luck abruptly retired last August as the Colts were preparing for the regular season.

"For the last four years or so, I've been in this cycle of injury, pain, rehab, injury, pain, rehab, and it's been unceasing, unrelenting, both in-season and offseason, and I felt stuck in it," he said in a press conference explaining his decision. "The only way I see out is to no longer play football."

The 30-year-old missed the entire 2017 season while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and battled a number of injuries over his NFL career.

Many, including Irsay, wondered whether Luck might have a change of heart, though, after spending a year away from the game.

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"You know, I don't rule it out," he said, per the Indianapolis Star's Jim Ayello. "Because as quickly as this thing sort of descended on us, and as mysterious as it was coming upon us, it could leave the same way. ... I would say it's possible. 

"And (Luck would) be the first to tell you that no one knows. Only time will tell."

The Colts agreed to a new contract with Jacoby Brissett, giving him $30 million over two years once he was positioned as the starting quarterback.

However, Brissett may not be a long-term solution. He did well under the circumstances, but his numbers (2,942 yards, 18 touchdowns, six interceptions) weren't those of a franchise QB around whom you build an offense.

As a result, Indianapolis could be looking for a different route in a post-Luck future. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller projected the Colts to select Utah State signal-caller Jordan Love in his most recent mock draft.