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Report: Colts tell Luck he's their guy

INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts have told Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck they will draft him with the first overall pick, several media outlets, including the Associated Press and ESPN.com, reported Thursday.

Contract negotiations are not expected to begin before next week's draft, the AP reported.

Will Wilson, Luck's agent, did not respond to phone or text messages seeking comment.

Owner Jim Irsay has said the Colts will use the pick on the successor for Peyton Manning, who was released in March.

General manager Ryan Grigson declined on Wednesday to disclose the team's plans, saying only, "We've exhausted the process."

Luck going to the Colts would leave Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III for the Redskins. Washington moved up four spots, to the No. 2 pick, by sending three first-round picks and a second-round pick to the Rams.

The Vikings own the No. 3 pick. GM Rick Spielman said Thursday that they will draft USC left tackle Matt Kalil, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne or Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon.

The Browns have the No. 4 pick, followed by the Bucs.

NFL to talk stadium with Minn. lawmakers

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Commissioner Roger Goodell and Steelers owner Art Rooney are scheduled to meet with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders at the state Capitol today to discuss the Vikings' hopes for a new stadium.

A state House committee voted down a $975 million bill Monday, dealing a blow to the team's decadelong effort to get taxpayer help for a Metrodome replacement. Dayton spoke with Goodell and Rooney by phone Thursday.

"If (a bill) isn't passed this session, the league itself — beyond the Vikings — has serious concerns about the viability of the franchise here and the future of it here," Dayton said.

But Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem questioned how seriously lawmakers should take the suggestion that failing to pass a bill this year could lead to the team moving.

"I think we've had this so-called warning around here for five or 10 years, so I'm not sure it's a threat," he said. "I think the Vikings are probably going to be around another year or so."

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf declined to comment.

49ers: A groundbreaking ceremony was held for a $1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara, about 40 miles south of San Francisco, set to open in September 2014.

Ravens: Quarterback Curtis Painter, who started eight games for the Colts last season, signed a one-year contract. Financial terms weren't disclosed. Painter will compete with Tyrod Taylor to back up Joe Flacco.

Report: Colts tell Luck he's their guy 04/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 19, 2012 11:59pm]
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