Andrew Luck's career for Josh Allen?

August 26, 2019
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Louie DiBiase
Twitter: @DiBiaseLOE

 

Andrew Luck shocked the NFL universe this weekend after announcing his retirement after just six seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. Throwing for 171 touchdowns and just 83 interceptions in that time, Luck quickly became one of the top-tier quarterbacks in the league. 

While it was short lived, Luck's career with the Colts was a very accomplished one. He helped lead Indianapolis to the playoffs in four of six seasons, two division titles, and an AFC Championship berth in 2014. 

Hypothetically, if it was possible to sign Josh Allen up for Luck's career, would you? 

The Buffalo Bills would get the elite-level of play, the consistent playoff berths, but they also would get the injuries and early retirement. 

Would you sign up for five years of contention knowing there is an expiration date on the franchise quarterback's shelf life? 

Fans took to Twitter to give their two-cents on Sunday's late night discussion:

Late night discussion: Would you be ok with Josh Allen having Andrew Luck's career?

You get the playoff runs, the elite play, but the early retirement as well

— WGR 550 (@WGR550) August 26, 2019

 

Take the years of contention:

Allen could end up being a 10-plus-year star under center for the Bills. He could also still become a bust. Many fans weren't willing to take the chance and pass up five years of winning. 

56% of voters would sign Allen up for Luck's career rather than dive into the unknown.

I voted yes because I don’t think JA will have playoff runs or elite play. So it’s better than mediocrity and looking for another answer in a few years like the Bills have since Jim Kelly.

— Christopher Kenyon (@ChrisKenyonEsq) August 26, 2019

How many of you were alive the last time the Bills won a playoff game? Went to the Super Bowl? Of course you take division titles, playoff runs and a chance at the Super Bowl for the next 6 years. You have to be an idiot not to want that.

— Greg Kasprzak (@GregKasprzak) August 26, 2019

Could the Bills do even more damage in the window Indianapolis had? 

Yes, our surrounding team is arguably better than what luck was given his top tier years

— Tyre roady (@RoadyTyre) August 26, 2019

 

Not long enough:

Luck had big seasons in six years with the Colts. That just isn't long enough for some. 

Andrew Luck finished his career with a #draftvaluescore of 6.79, which is ok but a team expects more value than that out a 1st rd player#DVS

— Charlie Gross (@PFDA_Charlie) August 26, 2019

 

Author's choice:

Quarterbacks can play for a decade and a half, keeping a team in contention as talent around the roster comes and goes. Although that would be the ideal path for Allen to follow, it would be hard to turn down the opportunities in the postseason that Luck had. 

The Bills haven't been a consistent playoff team since the 90s. To have one of the best quarterbacks in the league for five/six years with a reasonable shot at the Super Bowl? 

Sign me up. 

 

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