Look how Jim Irsay announced Andrew Luck is NFL's highest-paid player

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay recently said that Andrew Luck would receive a new deal prior to the holiday weekend. Irsay beat the deadline and didn’t back down from that statement — in fact, he broke the news on Twitter.

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Of course, it was lacking some details — you know, such as years, total money, guaranteed dollars, Luck’s full name …

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The Colts’ official Twitter account backed it up seconds later. They added Luck’s last name in a fancy graphic, which is nice.

So Jim … about the money?

Thanks! (Note the 39-minute lag time between Irsay’s two tweets.)

Luck said in a statement that he’s “thrilled and excited to continue with this great organization. I am thankful to the Irsay family and Mr. Irsay for providing me with this great opportunity and the trust that they’ve shown in me. I can’€™t wait for this season to start.”

Added Irsay: “This is an exciting day for the organization and Colts fans around the globe. Andrew is the consummate professional, possesses extraordinary talent and is our leader on and off the field. When you consider what this team has accomplished in four seasons with Andrew under center, you cannot help but be thrilled about the future.”

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has a new contract. (AP)
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has a new contract. (AP)

It appears that Luck will become the highest-paid player in the game on an annual basis, too. Check out what NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter are reporting on some of the specifics, which are not shocking, even after Luck’s injury-plagued flameout in 2015. That’s been the direction this thing has headed for a long time.

Even with the slight variation between what Irsay and Schefter had on the total money, that’s a lot of cheese any way you slice it. But that’s the going rate these days for a player of Luck’s talent and age (26). And the beautiful thing for Luck? He could hit the market again by age 32 or renegotiate — assuming he plays well, of course — once the NFL’s salary cap inevitably tops $200 million one day.

The Colts can’t afford to have Luck getting sliced up again — anyone remember that lacerated kidney last season? Luck certainly did. Which is why he wasted no time doing this:

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