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Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:23 pm
IrsayBy Josh Katzowitz

With Colts owner Jim Irsay currently looking for a general manager to replace Chris Polian, who was fired along with his father Bill last week, he won’t have to ask anybody he interviews how they’d handle the 2012 No. 1 draft pick. That’s because he already knows what he wants, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

As has long been suspected, the Colts reportedly will choose Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck in April, and no matter who’s brought in to take over for the Polian’s, that decision will not be altered.

Some wondered if the reason Bill Polian was fired in the first place was because he and Peyton Manning weren’t getting along -- Irsay is an unabashed fan of his quarterback and thinks of him as family. Polian said the rumors of a rift were untrue.

"He was the first person into the office after it happened," Polian told the Associated Press on Wednesdasy. "There's no rift at all. None.

Now, though, the big questions continue to be what the Colts actually will do about Manning, who’s due a $28 million bonus in March. Would Manning want to play with Luck? Will Manning's neck be healthy? Would the Colts ship Manning somewhere else to give Luck the chance to play immediately?

Now that we seemingly know who the Colts will take with the No. 1 pick, we might have to wait a few more months before the rest of those other questions can be answered.  

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Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:21 pm

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

Jim Caldwell probably told them to lay low and  loss  the last game of the year  vs Jacksonville so that they could get the #1 pick, I wouldn't put it past the jerk.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:17 pm

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

If the Colts don't resign Peyton Manning, it means he's going to retire.  There is no way he's going to learn another system after spending an entire career in one for gameday paychecks on some lame team.  He's too much risk for a good team to take that already have an investment in a QB AND the Colts are going to draft Andrew Luck like this article says.  They'd be stupid not to.  

The guy will be Peyton Manning's replacement OR, even backup for a year.  Yes, I believe they will take the pay hit to resign Peyton Manning before he retires.  There's no reason to have cap concerns for the Colts when all their money is going to go to their QB position for years to come anyways...when Peyton retires he'll become QB coach and that'll free up money to sign the next year's draft picks and replacements.  Right now Irsay would be smart to go all in on making sure Andrew Luck's transition is smooth.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:13 pm

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

Sadly i think Manning will end up on the Jets, the sanchez era is coming to an end soon, and whey not bring the other Manning NJ to compete with little bro. Plus the Jets dont mind spending the money for one of the best qbs ever...Cause theres no way they draft Luck and keep Manning seems to be alot of money locked up in 1 postion.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:09 pm

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

The Colts cannot trade Manning. For one, he is not under contract (officially). Two, what team would trade for a QB with 3 neck surgeries and a $28 million cap hit in one year? The Colts must sign him to trade him and they cannot trade a $28 million dollar contract. They will either keep Manning and draft Luck or let Manning go and draft Luck. As a Colts , I hate to see Manning go but I want the Colts to be relevant in 2012 and in years to come. Luck offers the best option and hopefully Manning can play. He will forever be the best Indianapolis Colt and without him the franchise would be in LA.

The Colts can and will trade Manning, just wait and see.  There's already a story out saying Manning and the Colts have agreed to extend the option bonus deadline since they can't trade him for at least 5 days after his bonus is due.  The trade freeze comes off 5 days later, that's when they'll be trading Manning.  And there will be at least 4 or 5 teams BEGGING for that 28 million dollar cap hit you mentioned in your post.  We're talking about Peyton Manning here, not Eli Manning.   Neck surgeries or not, people will happily trade for him.  And not only will they happily take that cap hit on but they'll trade A LOT to get him too.  The only way this doesn't happen is if and only if Manning doesn't pass the required testing/physicals or if the team doctors on the team trading for him don't like what they see.

Manning wouldn't even think about playing football again if he wasn't healthy enough to do so or if the risk of something serious enough happening was too high.  He's won it all and he has all the money he'll ever need, enough for 5 lifetimes.   And he's an intelligent guy, not like some of the ... well, excuse my wording but ghetto boy athletes out there.  Manning is as intelligent and as well spoken as they come.  Don't worry about his injuries... he's smart enough to worry for himself if there was any concern.


Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:08 pm

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

He either takkes Luck or trades the pick for some seerious assets. If he is smart Manning is gone. Way too much money to have tied up into Manning at this point.

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:07 pm

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

If the choice is truly to take Luck, I would be amazed if the Colts position is not to let Manning walk. The latest Manning injury has to enter into the equation. I would bet, prior to the injury, the 28M expenditure looked reasonable. After such a horrible season, and you tell be your taking Luck, the 28M looks like a no way Jose decision. Otherwise, the taking of Luck makes no sense. 28M says you want the man around for several years. If that be the case, drafting the USC left tackle would seem to make more sense. During a five year period you can probably find a really good QB somewhere in the third round. Think about it this way. There appears to be several good QB's coming out this year and Bradley from USC next year. And I suspect another 1 or 2 in addition that could be good enough. There are several teams this year looking for a QB so they will probably try to fill that position. I would venture that three years from now, barring really bad injuries, there will be very few teams dying for a QB. Or the true fact will be although they think they need a new QB, they really stink because they need so much else, and if they shored up a few other positions, the QB they thought stunk, wouldn't look so bad.

Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:06 pm

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

It is ok to doubt what he is saying because he didn't post a link and he said it was Dungy's words but did not quote him word for word.  You can't believe everything you hear on a message board.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:01 pm

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

That sounds very uncharacteristic of Tony Dungy, not doubting what you are saying, but it really surprises me.  I alway respected Dungy.  Wow!

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:59 pm

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

They can TRADE Manning , they give him his bonus which activates next year's option and then TRADE Him , like The Patriots did to matt cassell , who the pats franchised and then traded to Kansas City

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:56 pm

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

Colts could get at least a 1st for Manning considering that Oakland gave a 1st and a later 2nd for Palmer. Two firsts or a tradedown with a 1st from Manning, after picking Luck, could really be a huge start for the Colts retooling instead of a full rebuild.

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