INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck has signed a new contract with the Indianapolis Colts that covers the next six seasons through 2021.
The $140 million deal was completed Wednesday with Luck, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft. Owner Jim Irsay revealed the maximum value on Twitter, calling it the biggest contract in NFL history.
Luck has been one of the most productive quarterbacks the NFL has ever had over a player's first four years as a pro. He was the third-fastest to 13,000 career passing yards, in 49 games.
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Before last season, the Colts exercised the fifth-year option on Luck's contract to guarantee him more than $16.1 million for the 2016 season. The new deal adds five years, giving Luck another chance to cash in with a big contract around age 32.
Steelers: Harrison wants evidence
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison wants the NFL to provide "credible evidence" before he agrees to an interview with league officials regarding a media report that linked him and other players to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
The NFL Players Association sent a letter on Harrison's behalf to NFL executive Adolpho Birch on Tuesday asking for more information.
"We have repeatedly requested that the NFL inform him and the NFLPA whether the NFL possesses any credible evidence (e.g., verified documents or verified testimony of witnesses) that warrants an interview of Mr. Harrison regarding a potential violation," union attorney Heather M. McPhee wrote.
The other active players implicated by the Al-Jazeera report are Green Bay linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, and free-agent linebacker Mike Neal, who played the past six seasons with the Packers. Peyton Manning, who is now retired, also was cited in Al-Jazeera's doping report in December. He wasn't mentioned in the NFL's investigation, but USA Today, citing an unnamed source, reported last week that an investigation into Manning's possible involvement also is progressing.
The NFL first notified Matthews, Peppers, Harrison and Neal about its investigation into the report on Jan. 11.
Al-Jazeera America reported allegations by Charlie Sly, who worked as an intern at an anti-aging clinic. But Sly later recanted his claims.
"Especially in a business where the mere mention of a player-employee's name can generate ratings for a broadcaster, the NFLPA and Mr. Harrison do not believe that unsupported, unsubstantiated verbal remarks provide `sufficient credible evidence' to initiate an investigation of, and require an interview with, an employee," McPhee wrote.
Seahawks: Baldwin agrees to 4-year deal
SEATTLE, W.A. — After becoming a Super Bowl champion, Doug Baldwin took a risk.
He could have signed a long extension with the Seattle Seahawks after winning it all in 2014. But Baldwin gambled that a shorter extension was the best move and by the time he needed to make another decision about his future, his value would be worth far more.
Baldwin played his way into the correct move, and he signed a four-year extension with the Seahawks on Tuesday that runs through the 2020 season.
Coming off a career season, Baldwin became the latest piece of Seattle's core to agree to a long-term deal, including quarterback Russell Wilson, cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Jeremy Lane, linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, defensive end Cliff Avril and safety Earl Thomas.
Baldwin tied for the NFL lead in touchdown receptions last season and set career highs in TDs, receptions and yards receiving. He signed a $13 million, three-year deal with Seattle following the 2013 season that runs through this upcoming season.
Baldwin's agreement was first reported by KIRO-AM in Seattle. Representatives did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
Getting an extension done with Baldwin this summer was a priority for the Seahawks.
"It is a big deal and it's a very serious negotiation as they all are. He's done an incredible job for us and is a great teammate," coach Pete Carroll said June 16 when the Seahawks finished minicamp. "Eventually we'll get something worked out. I hope something happens. The intent is to get him signed and secured for a good while." (see full story.)
Rams: Mike Singletary to work with D
LOS ANGELES, C.A. — Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary will work with the Los Angeles Rams' defense this season, returning to coaching after a two-year absence.
Singletary revealed the plans in a radio interview Tuesday, and the Rams later confirmed the arrangement.
Los Angeles coach Jeff Fisher hasn't defined a role for Singletary, who is likely to be an adviser to the defense.
Singletary was the San Francisco 49ers' head coach from 2008-10, going 18-22. He was a linebackers coach with the Minnesota Vikings from 2011-13 before spending the past two years out of coaching.
He played 12 seasons for the Chicago Bears, winning a Super Bowl while becoming one of the best middle linebackers in NFL history.
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