Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Peyton Manning should demand a trade, if healthy

Peyton Manning is considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. He is going into the Hall of Fame, as soon as he is eligible. He won a Super Bowl, and has made the Colts a fixture in the playoffs most of his career. However, a serious neck injury has kept him off the field in 2011, and it could cause him to prematurely retire. In his absence, the Colts have become the laughingstock of the league, cruising to an 0-11 record, and putting them in the driver's seat for the #1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The popular debate has been should the Colts take Manning's heir apparent with that pick, and have Manning groom his replacement? It is definitely not an ideal situation for Manning, and if he can come back and play, that pick should not be used on Andrew Luck. The Colts obviously have bigger problems than Peyton Manning not being on the field. Their defense is ranked 28th in the NFL, giving up nearly 400 yards a game. They are also allowing 29.7 points a game, dead last in the NFL. (Carolina is 31st with 27.7 a game). The Colts defense might have issues stopping USC currently.

The running game isn't much better, with the Colts ranking 25th in the NFL there. The team cannot stop anyone and cannot run the ball. Even with Manning starting, this team is not a contender in the AFC, not even close. Manning also has a large contract, something that the Colts must address; his option for 2012 is around $28 million, a crazy investment unless Peyton is healthy.

Suppose Manning is healthy, why should he stay in Indy. The team seems rather committed to taking a QB in the draft, instead of getting some help for their horrid D, or an offensive tackle to make sure he survives 2012.  Manning should simply bounce, get the hell out of Indy. There are several teams that would pay handsomely for Manning. Carson Palmer brought the Bengals two top draft picks, and Jay Cutler did the same for Denver. What kind of value would a healthy Peyton Manning have?

Take a team like the Jets. They haven't been able to get over the hump, partly because Mark Sanchez stinks. I'm sure the Jets would gladly throw two #1's at the Colts to get Manning. Seattle, Kansas City, Miami, Cleveland, and Washington are just a few of the quarterback starved teams out there. The Colts get Andrew Luck, and more picks to start their rebuilding job. Everyone wins.

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