Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay took advantage of the sports world rising early Sunday to watch the Men's Wimbledon Final to provide an update on contract talks with No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck.
1)We r close on#12's deal,it'll get done2)We've revamped Strength program,more power/explosive lifting;guys moving heavy iron,BULK MONSTERS!
- Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) July 8, 2012
(It really is remarkable what Irsay is able to do in 140 characters or less.)
The framework of Luck's deal has been in place. The four-year deal will be fully guaranteed, worth around $24 million and include a signing bonus worth just over $14.5 million along with a team-held option for a fifth season. With around three weeks to go until training camp, none of the first eight picks in the 2012 NFL Draft has signed a contract, but those dominoes are expected to fall in the next few weeks.
In addition to Luck, the Colts are one of two teams along with the Miami Dolphins are the other team with three 2012 draft picks left to sign. Tight ends Coby Fleener, a second-round pick and Luck's former teammate at Stanford, and Dwayne Allen, a third-round pick, remain unsigned.
The Colts will open their training camp exactly three weeks from today.