Last night, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck signed the most lucrative contract in NFL history.
In total, the six-year deal keeping Luck in Indy is worth just under $140 million and will see him through the 2021 NFL campaign after coming into force after the upcoming 2016 season.
But, how exactly does that bumper contract - worth seven million more than Clavin Johnson's eight-year $132 million deal - actually stack up?
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ProFootballTalk allegedly has all the answers after getting their hands on a copy of the contract in full. You can see all the intricate details via this link, but here are some of the more mind-boggling numbers:
- Firstly, right off the bat, Luck has earned himself a $32 million signing bonus, $18 million of which will find its way into his bank account in the next 10 days. The other $14 million will be paid in full on March 31, 2017.
- At the time of signing, a total of $87 million is fully guaranteed cash should the worst happen and Luck go down with an injury that wouldn't allow him to take to the gridiron.
- Per ProFootballTalk, the breakdown year by year is as follows:
"$44 million in 2017; $57 million through 2018; $75 million through 2018; $96.125 million through 2019; $118.125 million through 2020; $139.125 million through 2021."
The numbers are pretty hard to fathom simply because they are so big, but the Colts will be hoping Luck is worth every penny over the next six years.
Because he hasn't yet led the franchise to a Super Bowl there will be some who might argue he's being overpaid, but Luck is undoubtedly one of the most talented quarterbacks to enter the NFL in recent years and was always likely to break new ground when he signed his first non-rookie contract.
If he can emulate his predecessor Peyton Manning and bring a Lombardi trophy to Indianapolis before 2021 then there won't be many Colts fans complaining about the money team owner Jim Irsay is paying his leading man.
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