A few days before the beginning of the 2016 season, there was a report that Luck was dealing with some labrum fraying and the Colts were trying to dial back his throwing reps in practice.
No. He’s all good, Grigson said, according to Colts.com. I mean the guy’s thrown a zillion balls. The media’s seen it.
Colts general manager Chris Ballard said from the start that the plan wasn’t to have Luck begin the season on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list. He held that promise by pulling the quarterback from the list on Sept. 2 after Luck passed a physical.
If Luck hadn’t been taken off the list before the beginning of the regular season, he would’ve been ineligible to play in the first six weeks of the season. With Luck already ruled out for Week 6, the transaction didn’t do much.
Conversely, Thomas knows he’s irreplaceable to the team right now — and is trying to ensure he gets one last major payday. This is his best shot, especially coming off a strong season that saw Thomas named to his sixth Pro Bowl, and being named a second-team All-Pro.
In April the sides weren’t on the same page, but the Seahawks were under the impression there would be no holdout from Thomas.
Seahawks GM John Schneider says at his charity event tonight he has been told by Earl Thomas’ reps that Thomas will not hold out this year even if he does not have a new contract.
That would have also left the Steelers with an extra $68 million to spend in 2017 — the four-year value of Brown’s most recent contract extension. That’s money the team could use to lock Bell into a long-term deal rather than risk losing him after saddling him with the franchise tag the past two years. Of course, that would put plenty of pressure on Bell to replace Brown’s production, though he probably wouldn’t have live-streamed Mike Tomlin calling the Patriots assholes like Brown did.