INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts will soon get a more thorough look at Andrew Luck.
They won’t have the same opportunity with Robert Griffin III.
General manager Ryan Grigson said Monday the Colts plan to bring Luck to Indianapolis for an individual workout during the next couple of weeks. Luck is widely expected to be the No. 1 pick in next month’s draft. Griffin is expected to go second, but Grigson said the Colts wouldn’t see the Heisman Trophy winner work out at the team complex.
Circumstances didn’t allow us to do anything private with him (Griffin) so we did the usual pro day, Grigson said during a conference call. We did the best we could with that situation. We do have a private workout that we’re scheduling with Andrew in the future.
Grigson was ill last week and could not attend Griffin’s workout in Waco, Texas, or Luck’s workout in Palo Alto, Calif., though there were Colts representatives in both places.
Team owner Jim Irsay has already said he plans to take Peyton Manning’s successor with the No. 1 pick, but nobody within the organization is saying whether they’ll take the consensus favorite, Luck, or the fast riser, Griffin.
Luck is considered the most polished quarterback to come out of college since Manning was taken No. 1 overall by the Colts in 1998.
Obviously you want to go No. 1, who wouldn’t want to go No. 1? Luck said after last week’s pro day workout. I’m just trying to prepare myself for the NFL, whichever team that is. Whether it’s watching certain defenses or going out there and working on throws I’ve never done before. That’s been my focus and it hasn’t been hard to stay on that path.
Without Manning, the Colts collapsed last season. They went a league-worst 2-14, and have embarked on an ambitious rebuilding project – one that no longer includes Manning, who turned 36 on Saturday.
Indianapolis released its franchise quarterback March 7, and last week the four-time league MVP signed a five-year deal with the Denver Broncos.
But Grigson insisted Monday that the team has not decided who to take and would likely wait until after the first round is completed April 26 before negotiating a deal with the top pick.
We’re going to do it the old-fashioned way, and that’s not something that’s been discussed at this point about how we would go about that, Grigson said. I think we’ll do it like teams always have and keep it simple.
In addition to releasing Manning, the Colts made a series of cost-cutting moves by releasing defensive captains Gary Brackett and Melvin Bullitt and former Pro Bowlers Dallas Clark and Joseph Addai this month. They also have lost center Jeff Saturday to Green Bay, receiver Pierre Garcon to Washington and tight end Jacob Tamme to Denver in free agency.
There was even speculation that the Colts may try to save more money by trading perennial Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney, who will count $19 million against the salary cap this season. Grigson denied those rumors.
There’s never been any substance that would suggest we’re doing anything like that. He’s a Colt, period, Grigson said.
Everything with Dwight is great. He’s going to be here this year, Grigson added. We expect him to be a major contributor and a guy who strikes fear in our opponents and those offensive linemen every week.
The Colts did re-sign receiver Reggie Wayne to a three-year deal, and Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Mathis to a four-year deal. Mathis and Freeney have been one of the league’s most feared pass-rushing tandems since 2004.