Paul Kuharsky points out some interesting nuggets among the Grigsonisms including a few notes that essentially say the Colts are taking Luck yet don't know seemingly know how to do so in this modern era:
On plans to see the top quarterbacks:“We saw (Robert Griffin III). Circumstances didn’t allow us to do anything private with him, so we did the usual pro day. We did the best we could with that situation. We do have a private workout that we’re scheduling with Andrew (Luck) in the future, which will be here in the upcoming weeks.”
On starting negotiations with the number one draft pick early: “No. We’re going to do it the old fashion way, and that’s not something that’s been discussed at this point about how we would go about that. I think we’ll do it like team[s] always have and keep it simple.”
I'm utterly confused. They need to avoid a holdout. I'm not suggesting Luck would do so but in the last few years teams have wrapped up the contract neatly before the draft. In this era of simplified rookie contracts this seems like a no-brainer. Maybe I'm giving the front-office too much credit there.
Think of the revenue they are missing by waiting until the draft. Sign Luck now, and the Pro-shop can start selling the jerseys and T-shirts. Luck bobbleheads (with or without the neck beard) could be out before Easter!
I don't really care what he says; I wouldn't be surprised to see him sign a week to a couple of days before the draft. If anything, he probably just doesn't want one of the big two to feel left out of the negotiations.
I wonder what he means by "early." It would make sense to sign Luck before the draft just to get it out of the way and use whatever leverage you get from the hypothetical threat to pass on him. But it really doesn't make much sense to do it this early. May as well make sure the private workout goes well first. Plus there's always the outside chance of an injury or other problem materializing in early April. So waiting until just before the draft reduces risk a little.
Maybe that's why he's not worried about it. If the rookie wage scale works the way it's intended what could Luck hold out for?