quarterback Andrew Luck
stands to be one of the first star quarterbacks to feel the windfall from Colin Kaepernick
's recent extension. (David Bergman/SI)
This week, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick finalized his long-awaited extension with the team, and it was definitely worth the wait. The six-year extension will pay the young star more than $21 million per year, with $61 million guaranteed.
Of course, Kaepernick isn't the only young, up-and-coming quarterback who was waiting for a new deal. Former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck is up for a new deal soon as well, and once Kaepernick signed his contract with San Francisco, everyone knew that the bar had now been set in negotiations between Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
Luck, who generally keeps to himself, said recently that he hasn't really been paying attention to the Kaepernick negotiations, although he did congratulate his peer on his impressive pay day.
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"[I pay] probably as much attention as any other football fan pays to it," Luck said during an interview Thursday with The Indianapolis Star. "I don't think I'm necessarily in the spot, personally, to start thinking about that. My agent maybe pays a lot more attention to it than I do. For me, it's 'Congratulations.' I actually got to meet Kap."
Since being drafted by the Colts with that first overall selection in the 2012 draft, Luck has more than lived up to the hype, navigating the pressure that surrounded him as he took over for Peyton Manning.
With over 8,000 yards passing in his first two seasons and two consecutive trips to the playoffs with the Colts, Luck stands to benefit from the record-setting numbers in Kaepernick's deal, which is expected to set the standard for negotiations with Luck -- once he does start thinking about his future -- as well as the rest of the league's top quarterbacks.