Many were surprised when a report emerged that the Washington Commanders may have contacted former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. As it turns out, that might not have been the entire story. Colts owner Jim Irsay emerged on Sunday night to issue a stern warning: “If any team attempted to contact Andrew Luck (or any associate of him)… to play for their Franchise – it would be a clear Violation of the League’s Tampering Policy.”
The Commanders reportedly moved to try and talk with Luck as their quarterback neediness reached a fever pitch last off-season. The team eventually went with Carson Wentz and Sam Howell, but they might have gotten into a sticky situation.
If any NFL Team,attempted to contact Andrew Luck (or any associate of him)… to play for their Franchise – it would be a clear Violation of the League’s Tampering Policy.
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) May 8, 2023
ESPN’s Stephen Holder added to the story. Holder wrote, “A Colts source said the team is unclear about the nature of the conversations, but it is seeking to learn more about what exactly transpired and whether any tampering occurred.”
The Commanders could be subject to penalty if they are found to be in violation of the NFL’s anti-tampering policy.
The NFL world reacted to the shocking news.
“Commanders getting their first-round pick taken in a great QB class would be peak Commanders,” one fan tweeted.
Commanders getting their first round pick taken in a great QB class would be peak Commanders https://t.co/cmlfDQ6YMx
— 🅿️laiboi🇬🇭🇨🇲 (@blakebooming) May 8, 2023
JP Finlay called it “the tweet that got DC whispering.”
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) May 8, 2023
“Yes Jim you can’t trust these Stanford people!!!!” a Cal fan tweeted. Brutal, but that rivalry still continues.
Yes Jim you can’t trust these Stanford people!!!! They aren’t honest, stay strong !! https://t.co/JaUFZrx9gz
— TwistNHook (@TwistNHook) May 8, 2023
One Commanders fan bemoaned, “We are going to lose our first-round pick and be the worst team in the league.”
— Jojo (@HofDotson) May 8, 2023