Jim Irsay can't use plane to help Andrew Luck work out
- By Gregg Rosenthal NFL.com
- Around The League editor
- Published: May 8, 2012 at 08:43 a.m.
- Updated: May 8, 2012 at 10:40 a.m.
On Monday morning, we noted it was a little odd that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay offered his private plane to help his top pick Andrew Luck fly around the country to work out with teammates while Luck finished up his degree at Stanford. (Luck can't work out with the team again until June 7.)
It turns out it was a little more than awkward. It was against league rules. Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com first reported that Irsay will not be allowed to use his plane to help Luck out.
Luck isn't allowed to practice with the team until Stanford graduates, but this news may have more to do with the salary cap. If owners were allowed to give a player unlimited travel on his private plane, it could be viewed as a bonus. That would be a way of skirting the salary cap.
It should be no problem for Luck, who hopes to go to Miami to work with Reggie Wayne. The rookie salary cap may have lowered his first contract, but he should still have plenty of money to buy an airplane ticket. He could probably even splurge for that row with the extra leg room.