Colts exercise option on QB Andrew Luck

April 9, 2015

The Indianapolis Colts made sure to hang onto their franchise quarterback a little longer today, exercising the fifth-year option on star Andrew Luck’s rookie contract. Luck is now under contract through the 2016 season.

Luck is coming off an outstanding 2014 season in which he led Indianapolis to its first AFC Championship Game since 2009, and set a Colts single-season record for passing yards (4,761). In addition, Luck's 2014 touchdown total (40) led the NFL and ranked as the second-highest yearly mark in team history, and he also set a franchise record with eight consecutive 300-yard passing games from Weeks 3 through 11.

Luck has started all 48 regular season games through his first three seasons, completing 1,062-of-1,813 passes for 12,957 yards, 86 touchdowns, 43 interceptions and an 86.6 passer rating. He has rushed for 905 yards and 12 touchdowns on 189 attempts.

Luck, a three-time Pro Bowler, recorded the most passing yards, the second-most passing touchdowns and tied for the second-most regular season wins through a quarterback’s first three seasons in the NFL since 1970, all with a merely average supporting cast around him.

Luck has led the Colts on 12 fourth quarter or overtime game-winning drives throughout his career. In 2012, he completed 339-of-627 passes for an NFL rookie record 4,374 yards, 23 touchdowns, 18 interceptions and a 76.5 passer rating. He also set a club quarterback record with five rushing touchdowns.

By Staff of and news services

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