During the San Francisco 49ers’ preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is retiring.
Luck, 29, was seen after the news broke leaving Lucas Oil Stadium (Colts’ home venue) to a chorus of boos from the crowd during the Colts’ preseason game agains the Chicago. A press conference is expected Sunday to go over the details.
The Colts released future-Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning to make room for Luck in the 2012 NFL Draft. At the time of his drafting, Luck was considered by many to be one of the best quarterback prospects of all time. With Luck’s retirement, the Colts move on to Jacoby Brissett and the most salary cap space in the league.
The 49ers have their backup quarterback battle between C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens. While the Colts could be looking for a new quarterback, it’s so late into training camps that it’s hard to see them calling the 49ers with a large offer for either Mullens or Beathard. The time to teach the offense is just not enough despite the fact either quarterback could come cheap in terms of salary. Brissett isn’t anything flashy, but things could have been a lot worse with him under center. Plus he’s 26 years old. Whether the Colts were to move on from him or not, going to the 49ers for a backup doesn’t seem like a realistic move.
But then again, maybe the Colts see something in either Mullens or Beathard that is worth investing a draft pick. Do you think the Colts could benefit from either of them?