NFL roundup: Colts sign Luck to $22.2 million deal

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The Colts and 2012 No. 1 draft pick Andrew Luck completed the final details on a four-year contract worth $22.2 million with a fifth-year club option.
Luck enters training camp as the Colts' starting quarterback four months after Peyton Manning was released and signed as a free agent by the Denver Broncos. Luck was a two-time runner-up in Heisman Trophy ballotting during his three-year record-setting career at Stanford.
Luck signed one day after the Redskins and No. 2 pick Robert Griffin III agreed to a contract that didn't include offset language, the team-friendly contract stipulation that doesn't allow players to earn money from the team that drafted them when released if they sign with another team.
It wasn't known if Luck's contract eliminated the offset stipulation, but indications were Luck's structure does not include the offset provision.
Last year's top overall pick, Cam Newton, signed a four-year, $22 million deal with the Panthers.
The Colts can trigger the fifth year of the deal at the value of the franchise designation for quarterbacks, which is the average of the top 10 salaries at the position.

---Now that the Ravens have inked Ray Rice to a $40 million contract, the next priority for the organization is locking up quarterback Joe Flacco to a long-term deal.
Flacco is maintaining his focus on the upcoming season, though, not his unresolved contract status as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract, according to his agent.
"Joe is very, very excited for the season," agent Joe Linta told the Times in a telephone interview. "He's really adamant about getting the Ravens to the next step. The contract at this point is secondary to that goal. Joe has the attitude that he'll earn it."
Defining Flacco's value compared to other quarterbacks is another issue that needs to be worked out. Flacco is due a $6.76 million base salary this season after triggering a $5.4 million escalator clause.

---The Colts signed free agent defensive tackle Jason Shirley to a one-year contract.
Shirley was a fifth-round pick in 2008 and remained with the Bengals until early in the 2011 season, when he was signed by the Seattle Seahawks off of the Bengals' practice squad.
He was released by Seattle and signed with the Panthers, playing the final four games of the regular season with Carolina.

---Lions defensive end Cliff Avril has yet to sign his one-year franchise offer and isn't in any rush to get to training camp.
Avril must play the 2012 season for a guaranteed $10.6 million, the league-calculated total which represents the average of the top 10 salaries at the position.
Avril said Monday, when the league's deadline to sign a long-term extension and shed the franchise designation, that he'd be probably wouldn't make it to training camp July 26 when the Lions are scheduled to report.
Avril reportedly declined a three-year, $30 million contract after leading the Lions with 11 sacks last season.