Assessing the Possibility of Andrew Luck as a Patriot

Dec 9, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) smiles during warms ups before the start of the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a rough and bumpy start to NFL free agency for the New England Patriots. Fortunately, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. Do the Patriots have a plan, and could that plan be Andrew Luck?

After beloved quarterback Tom Brady reportedly made his decision about signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, panic has ensued amongst Patriots Nation. With soon to be second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham as the first string on New England’s depth chart, and 3-year veteran Cody Kessler as the backup, the reality of replacing the best quarterback of all-time is setting in.

While it wouldn’t be out of Bill Belichick’s character to take on the young quarterback as a challenge, it’s unsure as to if Stidham or Kessler can lead the Patriots to their usual success. So what could be at the forefront for options at quarterback?

If the Patriots want to continue their dynasty, a veteran presence is needed at the quarterback position. While Stidham has shown signs of being very good in the preseason, the lack of experience is a concern.

Andrew Luck

A long shot option is former Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. After retiring due to health concerns before the 2019 season, the six-year veteran would need to make the decision to come back to the NFL. After that, the Colts would have to trade Luck to the Patriots as the quarterback would still be under Indianapolis’s control if he un-retired.

The Colts have been in this situation before. The Indianapolis Colts cut Peyton Manning so Manning went to go play in Denver to finish his career. Manning then went to play for the Broncos where he would win a Super Bowl in 2015. The Colts won’t make this mistake again.

Andrew Luck is a long shot to play quarterback for the New England Patriots in 2020. The thought of having a superstar quarterback replace the greatest quarterback of all time is fun to talk about. There are more viable options at quarterback to replace Tom Brady in New England than Andrew Luck but as we’ve seen in the NFL, crazier things have happened.

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