INDIANAPOLIS – Jim Irsay would be "surprised" if Andrew Luck's contract negotiations carried into Training Camp.
That was the gist of what Irsay shared with the media on Wednesday night regarding the mega contract coming Luck's way.
Speaking at Wednesday's open minicamp practice inside of Lucas Oil Stadium, Irsay said a contract isn't "imminent," but that talks continue to be progressing in the right direction.
"I'm still hopeful that before Training Camp we can get something done and I think both sides feel the sooner the better," Irsay said on Wednesday.
"We have a great relationship and I see something getting done. It's not easy (and) it's obviously going to be a big number and we want to make sure the contract is something that is Colts-friendly as we approach the next decade."
Throughout contract talks, Irsay said there haven't been any roadblocks or discouraging patches.
When the Colts first began discussions with Luck, they made it clear they were preparing for a major deal heading towards No. 12.
That remains the case, with each side obviously looking for their own desires.
"It comes down to the debates in the negotiations of years, total number, total guarantees and obviously how it relates to the cap," Irsay says. "I haven't seen anything that has been a problem (or) is going to hold it up. I see progress being made."
Luck, who is represented by his uncle, is currently in the final season of his five-year rookie contract.
The Colts could franchise Luck in the upcoming offseason, but things are clearly trending far away from going down that path.
"I would be surprised if we don't have something done before Training Camp," Irsay said.