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Andrew Luck Expected To Be Ready For Start Of Offseason Program

Intro: While Andrew Luck’s contract situation is on many Colts’ fans minds this offseason, his return to the field is coming soon.


INDIANAPOLIS – Andrew Luck's return to being full-go?

It's something Colts fans never saw in the final two months of the 2015 season.

Luck's return though has a target date, one that marks the beginning of the team's 2016 offseason program.

"April 18th, he should be ready to roll," Chuck Pagano said of Luck during this week's NFL Combine.

That's the top storyline when talking about the 2016 season for the Colts' franchise quarterback.

The next order of business for Luck is his future salary.

Contracts talks between the Colts and Luck are expected to increase in the coming weeks, with the quarterback entering the final season of his five-year rookie deal.

"The nice thing is we have great communication with (Luck's) agent, our people. And we are both motivated," Colts GM Ryan Grigson says. "And of course (Luck) wants to be here.

"Those are good things to have going into a negotiation."

Luck's return to offseason work and a contract will dominate the headlines for No. 12 in the coming months.

Once Training Camp rolls around in July, discussion will once again pick up on the type of Luck we will see on the field in 2016.

Grigson's heard the debate over the playing style that makes Luck so unique to the quarterback position.

Luck's decision making on knowing when enough is enough is often masked by such an un-dying nature to keep plays alive.

"It's that spirit within him," Grigson says.

"I've never seen a quarterback beat our skill guys on interceptions to the ball carrier. He goes like a missile to go blow that guy up. He is a true competitor. That's hard to pull out of somebody. He's saved some plays for us. He's done it with his legs as well. It's a Catch-22 sometimes because you say, 'Hey, take the sack.' But when he runs for 20 yards, you say, 'Well, we'll take that.'"

What the Colts will be glad to take in 2016, perhaps more than anything else, is Luck under center for 16 games.

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