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From what I have seen from Andrew Luck, I love the senior quarterback from Stanford and think he is going to be a great player at the next level. That being said, he probably won't and shouldn't land in Indy.
Yes being from Indianapolis I know how important a good legendary quarterback is. But the timing with Luck's entry in the draft is a year or two off.
There is one caveat however. If Peyton's injury is more serious than we are being led to believe (and it very well could be), the forget this article. If Peyton's career is greatly hampered or he is forced to retire, don't listen to me! Mortgage the house, trade the next five first-round picks, trade every and any player.... Do WHATEVER it takes to get him!!!
Back to reality after the jump...
So assuming Peyton does indeed come back at least 80%+ the Colts should test their Luck by passing on him.
Given the growing popularity of the #suckforluck hoopla and the current uncertainty of Manning's health, opting not to take him may be a hard pill to swallow. But, as it stands now, here is why Andrew Luck doesn't fit into the Colts' plans.
Right now team officials and doctors are saying the time table for Manning's return is 2-6 months. Given the Colts history of incompetent medical diagnoses and a propensity to deceive the media when it comes to disclosing injuries, let's double the time table and say a year.
Even so, that means Manning is back for next season and has four years remaining on his contract. Knowing Peyton's principled nature to honor his commitments and going with the odds that if recovered from the neck he will play most - if not every game - the Colts still would have another four years with Peyton (hooray!!!).
And given that the Colts were a top 10 (probably top 5) team this year, barring
Dragging out another two seasons of contending for Super Bowls is well worth waiting to find another quarterback.