Andrew Luck abruptly retires, putting Colts on QB Watch for 2020 NFL draft

Aug 24, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck announces his retirement in a press conference after the game against the Chicago Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Sure, the Colts have Jacoby Brissett for 2019... but he's a pending free agent.

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few hours, by now you've heard the news - former No. 1 overall pick and four-time Pro Bowler Andrew Luck publicly announced his retirement Saturday night, putting the Indianapolis Colts and their general manager Chris Ballard in an awfully difficult position next spring with current "starting" quarterback Jacoby Brissett a pending free agent.

For now, most are understandably focusing on the emotions of Luck's stunning retirement.

But once the emotions pass and reality sets in, Ballard, head coach Frank Reich and the Colts staff will be in the unenviable position of replacing one of the most pro-ready quarterback prospects to enter the NFL over the past 20 years.

Fortunately for the Colts, the 2020 NFL draft appears to have at least two legitimate franchise caliber quarterbacks in Oregon's Justin Herbert and Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, each of whom rank among the top prospects on my personal Big Board.

Further, it certainly is possible that Brissett takes over and proves that he should be the Colts' starter moving forward. Brissett has shown encouraging recognition and accuracy since being selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft by the New England Patriots before he was shipped to Indianapolis a year later for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett.

But until the Colts feel confident that Brissett is, indeed, the man moving forward, expect Ballard and his scouts to be spending an awful lot of time this fall and winter watching quarterbacks.

Ironically, complicating matters is the fact that Ballard and his staff have done a terrific job of rebuilding this roster. Even with just average play out of Brissett this fall, the Colts boast one of the better rosters in the AFC and may be looking to add a future quarterback with a pick outside of of the top 10 in 2020.

For all of NFLDraftScout.com's rankings - QB or otherwise - check out our current board.

Watch Luck's entire press conference below.

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