Friday, January 19, 2018
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Luck gets record $140M deal

INDIANAPOLIS — Quarterback Andrew Luck signed the richest contract in NFL history, a deal worth up to $140 million with the Colts that covers the next six seasons through 2021.

Wednesday's deal, with $87 million guaranteed, surpasses the five-year, $110 million contract of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers; the three-year, $66.4 million deal of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco; and the four-year, $87.6 million contract of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

"I am thrilled and excited to continue with this great organization," Luck, 26, said in a statement. "I am thankful to the Irsay family and Mr. (Jim) Irsay for providing me with this great opportunity and the trust that they've shown in me. I can't wait for this season to start."

Before last season, the Colts exercised the fifth-year option on Luck's contract to guarantee him more than $16.1 million for the 2016 season. The new deal adds five years, giving Luck, the No. 1 pick in 2012, a chance at another big contract around age 32.

Luck has been one of the most productive quarterbacks the NFL has ever had over a player's first four years as a pro. He was the third-fastest to 13,000 career passing yards, in 49 games. He struggled last season, and missed the final six games (nine overall) with injuries, but the Colts weren't concerned.

"There's no question in our mind that he's going to return and do the things that he's done," Irsay said. "That fire's in his eye in a special way."

ROMO COMPANY LAWSUIT DISMISSED: A Dallas judge dismissed what was left of a lawsuit in which a company partly owned by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo claimed the NFL interfered with a fantasy football event that was canceled. Fan Expo LLC claimed breach of contract, saying players were threatened with suspensions or fines if they participated in an event in Las Vegas because of the venue's ties to gambling.

PED PROBE: Steelers linebacker James Harrison wants the NFL to provide "credible evidence" before he agrees to an interview with league officials regarding a media report that linked him and other players to the use of performance-enhancing drugs. The NFL Players Association sent a letter to NFL executive Adolpho Birch seeking more information.

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