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Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:24 am
Edited on: January 19, 2012 11:41 am

Luck, RGIII officially eligible for the '12 draft

By Josh Katzowitz

While it’s no surprise that underclassmen like Stanford's Andrew Luck and Baylor’s Robert Griffin III are eligible for the 2012 NFL draft, it’s now official. The NFL announced today that 65 players have been granted special eligibility into the draft, and that includes Luck and Griffin.

In order to do so, they had to meet the NFL’s three-year eligibility rule and had to submit a written application in “which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility.”

The total of 65 is the highest number of underclassmen that made themselves eligible since the NFL began allowing them to apply in 2003.

For the entire list, click here.

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Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:31 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 4:40 pm

Irsay makes Grigson's first move an easy one

By Will Brinson

Whenever an organization makes a new hire, there's always a discussion of "winning the press conference," which doesn't get you any notches in the win column, but it does garner fan support. Jim Irsay took the concept one step further by letting new Colts general manager Ryan Grigson dispatch unpopular head coach Jim Caldwell.

Frankly, it's a brilliant public relations move. Irsay "cleaned house" earlier in the month when he decided to dump Bill Polian and his son Chris and move the organization in a different direction. Deciding to keep Caldwell was a head-scratcher, almost as perplexing as all the rumors that Caldwell would return in 2012, many of which came as early as Tuesday morning, the day Caldwell was fired.

But by keeping Caldwell until Tuesday and letting him "interview" (for his own job no less!) with Grigson last week, Irsay set his new, young general manager up for a first decision easier to make than a layup on a four-foot goal.

And that decision, on the heels of a 2-14 record for the Colts in 2011, makes Grigson a popular guy around town. If you don't believe me, look at the press conference the Colts held on Tuesday -- Irsay kept his comments short, referenced 1998 and a big rebuild/do-over and turned things over to Grigson, who's now running the show in Indy.

There's nothing odd about that, because Grigson is the GM. That's his job. But he's the guy Colts fans are seeing who's responsible for getting rid of Caldwell and hopefully turning a corner. He's the guy who'll make the decision to draft Andrew Luck, which is also supposed to be a layup.

The Peyton Manning decision is another story, of course. But even if Grigson sends Manning packing and fans get upset at him for the call, they won't get too mad. After all, Grigson's the guy who just made the brilliant decision that Caldwell wasn't fit to run the Colts.

And he can thank Irsay for putting him in the position to make that move.

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Posted on: January 16, 2012 12:15 pm

Archie Manning: Peyton 'likes his roots in Indy'

Archie says Peyton 'likes his roots' in Indy. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

With three games remaining in the 2011 NFL season, it's just about time to flip into full "Where will Peyton Manning play in 2012?" mode. (Trust me: from February 8th to March 8th, you'll hear a lot about it.) His father Archie Manning said Sunday that Peyton would prefer to stay with the Colts.

Of course, as long as Eli Manning is playing -- he beat Green Bay at Lambeau on Sunday with Archie watching -- the Manning machine might as well already be started.

"Peyton kind of likes his roots in Indy,” Archie told the New York Post after watching his other son beat the Packers at Lambeau Field. "We’ll see what happens there. If that doesn’t work and he can get healthy we’ll see. That’ll all work out. He’s just trying to get healthy."

Archie was asked specifically about the rumors that the Jets could be interested in Peyton and declined to discuss that.

“I’m not going to get into that," Archie replied.

It shouldn't be surprising that Peyton wants to stay with the Colts. He's due a lot of money, it's the only team he's ever played for, he's comfortable with the organization and the idea of being discarded by the one team he's ever played for so they can draft a rookie with the first pick can't be comforting.

But Peyton has little control over whether or not he stays with the Colts. That boils down to his health, their specific plan to rebuild the roster and myriad other factors that will be fleshed out over the next month or so.

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Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:43 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2012 2:03 pm

Casserly: Grigson to meet with Caldwell this week


By Josh Katzowitz

Much of the next generation of Colts leadership has been decided. After owner Jim Irsay fired Bill and Chris Polian -- but left coach Jim Caldwell in place for the time being -- the next step was to hire Ryan Grigson as the team’s next general manager.

Plus, the Colts reportedly have already decided, before Grigson was even hired, to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick of the 2012 draft.

Now, the last remaining major question is what Irsay and Grigson will do about Caldwell. As CBS Sports’ Charley Casserly reported on the The NFL Today, Grigson will meet with Caldwell this week and make a recommendation to Irsay about the next step with the team’s head coach.

As CBSSports.com colleague Will Brinson pointed out the other day, Grigson, the former player personnel director for the Eagles, could want to bring in his own coach, and one interesting name for consideration could be Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

But could Caldwell survive, just by the fact the Colts won two of their final three games of the season to avoid the embarrassing 0-fer?

If Caldwell doesn’t get much credit from many observers for taking the team to the Super Bowl in his first year in charge because his personnel was so damn good, shouldn’t he not take so much of the blame for this season because his personnel was so damn bad? I mean, wasn’t that the reason Irsay canned the Polian’s in the first place?

Besides, as Casserly talked about a few weeks ago, there was a strong sentiment to bring back Caldwell, because of the effort the team gave in 2011. That feeling, however, was expressed before Grigson was hired. And Grigson could be the one to change everything.

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Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:31 pm

Peyton, Colts 'amenable' to moving option date?

Could the Colts and Manning extend his contract deadline? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

March 8 looms large for the Indianapolis Colts, since that's the deadline for picking up a $28 million option on Peyton Manning's contract. But both Manning and the Colts could be interested in negotiating an extension on that deadline.

That's according to a report from Sports Illustrated's Peter King Saturday afternoon, where King said he's hearing that both sides are "amenable" to pushing the deadline back.

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"Both may be amenable to pushing back that March 8 date by which he's owed $28 million in the option bonus by the Indianapolis Colts," King said Saturday.

CBS Sports' Charley Casserly reported back in December that the Colts would likely ask for an extension; it's good news for them that Manning's also interested in granting said extension. The Colts are also reportedly locked into taking Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft, but pushing the deadline back on Manning may give them some flexibility there.

Former Colts coach Tony Dungy, now an NBC analyst, believes that Manning and Coach Jim Caldwell will return in 2012, and that the Colts will draft Luck anyway.

"I've know Jim Irsay for 10 years," Dungy said. "He's going to make these decisions with his heart as much as his head."

The Colts recently decided to "clean house," but kept Caldwell, at least for now. Given that he's making decisions on who will join his staff, he seems like a reasonable bet to remain through 2012.

Which could make the Colts search for a new general manager particularly interesting: whoever they hire will need to be on board with a) Caldwell as coach and b) Luck as the top pick.

And that doesn't even take into account the decision on Manning, which will have to happen eventually.

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Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:23 pm

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

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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Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:01 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2012 9:02 pm

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

Washington needs a quarterback, obviously. The question is who will it be in 2012? (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

For 20 NFL teams, the 2011 season ended last Sunday. For the Redskins under owner Dan Snyder, this time of year has become known as their offseason Super Bowl. It's an unflattering commentary on their free-spending personnel decisions in free agency and the draft that ratchets up fans' hopes before crushing them, usually around Halloween. It's became an annual event, though less so under head coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen.

But as the saying goes, old habits die hard. With the free agency two months off and the NFL Draft some six weeks after that, the speculation has begun.

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This isn't surprising based on recent team history and the Redskins' dire need for a quarterback. Even Joe Gibbs, the man who traded for Mark Brunell and installed him as the starter in 2004, acknowledges as much.

"Generally for me the number one thing you want to try to do, whatever the cost, is try to solve the quarterback situation, get that thing solidified," he said during an appearance on ESPN 980. "I think the Redskins are going through that process, [to find] a solid starter that’ll been there every game for them, somebody they really can say can take them to the promised land."

In early December, we wondered if Peyton Manning might be in Washington's future before the media rumor mill started throwing around the idea that the 'Skins might be in the "trading up for Andrew Luck" business.

Here's the latest, via ESPN's John Clayton, who appeared on Vinny Cerrato's Baltimore radio show earlier this week (transcription courtesy of the Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg): Washington should draft Baylor's Robert Griffin III.

“You can see how the dynamics go,” Clayton said. “You’re at the mercy of the draft. I would have to think if you’re gonna be Matt Flynn, send a nice thank you to Matt Barkley for making you $12 million, because think about where he would fit in.

“If you’re Cleveland, you do have a chance to trade up to get RGIII, but if you can’t get him, then you might consider Matt Flynn because he’s in that Green Bay West Coast offense system. Seattle, sitting down with the what 11th or 12th pick depending on the coin toss, they’re gonna be out of position to get a quarterback, so I think they’re gonna have to be in the mix. Miami is gonna have to choose between Orton or Matt Flynn.”

When Cerrato asked about the 'Skins, Clayton responded, almost reflexively: “Ah, they’ll trade with St. Louis and get RGIII.”

The Colts have the top pick in April's draft followed by the Rams. Indianapolis has an obvious need at quarterback (even if Manning's healthy, he ain't playing forever) but St. Louis took their franchise quarterback, Sam Bradford, with the 2010 first-overall pick. If the demand for Griffin is sufficiently high, the Rams may be willing to trade down.

Helping Griffin's stock? The news Thursday afternoon that Oklahoma's Landry Jones will return to school.

This comes two weeks after USC's Matt Barkley announced he was staying for his senior season, taking two possible first-round talents out of this year's draft pool. The other beneficiary in addition to Griffin? Matt Flynn, of course.

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Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:10 pm

Manning plans to rehab at Colts facility


By Josh Katzowitz

With the Colts securing the No. 1 pick in next year’s THIS YEAR’S draft, Indianapolis will have to figure out what to do about Peyton Manning. Do the Colts keep Manning and make Andrew Luck a backup? Do they pass on Luck in the draft and trade the No. 1 pick? Or do they move on from Manning? And now that the Polians have been fired, how does that shake up the decision?

There were reports after the Colts game Sunday that Manning seemed resigned to the idea that the team could move on without him, but for now, Manning will continue to rehab his neck in the Colts facility.

Manning was scheduled to take a physical Monday morning to determine his health going into the offseason, and he was expected to “fail” it so he could continue using the Colts trainers and gear.

It has to be better than last offseason when Manning couldn’t train at team headquarters during the lockout.

"You go to a place, you're rehabbing, the lady next to you is getting her bunions worked on, asking if she should draft (Dallas) Clark on her fantasy team," Manning told reporters, including the Indianapolis Star. "If (failing his physical) is what I have to do to rehab (at the team complex), I guess I'm glad I'll fail it."

The Colts biggest question regarding Manning is whether he’ll be healthy enough for the team to feel good about giving him his $28 million option bonus in March that would trigger the final four years of his contract (this was built in just in case Manning’s neck wasn’t healed and the Colts wanted to cut the cord).

Manning wouldn’t say whether he was optimistic about being healthy in March or how much he’s been throwing lately. He does know, though, that he doesn’t want to sit out next season.

"It's been hard not being able to help this year on the field," he said. "I've learned when you're not playing, there's not a lot you can really do to help. I've tried to be here. I've encouraged guys. Best way for me to have helped all the years has been playing, so that's what I want to get back to."

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