By Nic Velasquez Posted February 15, 2012
Everyone knows about Peyton Manning’s recent neck surgery which cost him the entire 2011 season. The Indianapolis Colts must make a decision whether to resign Peyton Manning with a 28 million dollar signing bonus or to release him. With the combination of his age, and the impact on his recent neck surgery the signing might not be a wise decision.
The Indianapolis Colts have the first pick in the 2012 NFL draft. There are two prospects coming out of this year’s draft that might have the potential of being the Colt’s next franchise quarterback. Andrew Luck of Stanford University is considered one of the most NFL-ready college quarterbacks in history. There would also be the option of Robert Griffin III who was this year’s recipient of the Heisman Trophy. Both quarterbacks have the potential of coming in and boosting this dying franchise. Drafting one of these quarterbacks while cutting Manning would leave plenty of salary cap room.
Manning is very close to the end of his career and resigning him would only be short-term help. It is a large “If” for Peyton Manning to come back and be the player that he used to be. Manning wants to continue his career for the hopes of another Super Bowl ring, but in all likelihood, it just doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen. The Colts could find benefit out of converting him to a coach because of his vast knowledge at his position. It also would help develop one of the college prospects to be an even more elite player.
For Indianapolis, the decision will be tough. Even though Peyton Manning has been one of the best QBs in history; it is time for a new era in Indy. It is the owner’s choice to decide if it will be sooner rather than later.