Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has revealed the would prefer to sign a veteran quarterback this offseason. Just before the 2019-2020 NFL season, former No. 1 pick Andrew Luck announced his retirement from the NFL. After starting Jacoby Brissett for one season, the Colts signed Philipp Rivers, who retired after this season.
"The type of team we have, it would really benefit us most if we could have someone who can come in and play at a high level, with a veteran vision," Irsay said, per ESPN. The Colts made the playoffs before losing to the Buffalo Bills in the wild-card round.
"Our belief is we're close, that we have a tremendous nucleus of players that are capable of competing for the Super Bowl very soon," Irsay said. "Ideally if you can get someone to come in this year who's ready to go, it gives you your best opportunity."
The Colts would welcome back Luck
"He knows how much we'd love to have him be our quarterback, there's just no question about that," Irsay said. "But at the same time, we know for it to work out, he has to be the one that says 'You know what? I'm ready.
I want to really create a little bit of history, in unprecedented aspects.' " Irsay added, "I don't know if we'll see that. I think he's happy. He's raising his daughter. He has a wonderful family.
He's a great Colt and he knows that can come back any time he wants, but at the same time, we respect that he's made that decision." Meanwhile, Rivers -- who spent a decade and a half with the Los Angeles Chargers before changing teams for the first time in his career -- retired without winning a Super Bowl.
"Every year, January 20th is a special and emotional day," Rivers said in his statement. "It is St. Sebastian's Feast day, the day I played in the AFC championship without an ACL, and now the day that after 17 seasons, I'm announcing my retirement from the National Football League.
Thank you God for allowing me to live out my childhood dream of playing quarterback in the NFL.
I am grateful to the Chargers for 16 seasons, and the Colts for the 17th season." It remains to be seen if the Colts will turn back to Brissett or if they will sign another play caller in the offseason.