Sunday, December 11, 2011

Peyton Manning To Be Traded From Indianapolis Colts?

I just watched an NFL Network segment where they discussed the likelihood of Peyton Manning leaving the Indianapolis Colts at the end of the season.  The basis for this discussion was the very large roster bonus ($28 million) that Manning is due if he's still with the Colts next March and whether the Colts would want to invest that much money in a guy who, at best, only has 4-5 years left.

There are multiple problems with this that are becoming more evident as time goes by.  First of all, the Colts are terrible.  Winless.  They need help everywhere.  Being able to draft Andrew Luck at #1 and trade Manning for several additional picks is making more and more sense for this hapless team.

Secondly, do you really want to continue the Peyton Manning offense that's his signature style of play and force Luck to learn this as well?  If Peyton stays, the offense stays.

I originally wanted the Colts to trade their #1 draft pick, but I think that they'd get more in return for trading Manning.  The real question is where would Manning end up? Would he have to learn a different offense or be allowed to bring in the one he's ran since he's been a pro.  Who would take him? Miami? Kansas City? Seattle? He's not going to go to a great team.

Suffice to say, Peyton Manning will once again be the top off-season story in 2012, regardless of whether he is traded or not.

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