The deadline looms for the Colts and Peyton Manning to make a decision about his future in Indy. Will he be cut before the roster bonus? Will Indy keep him and draft Andrew Luck (or RG3 – holding out hope) anyways and pay two quarterbacks more than the GDP that Indy puts out in a year?
Nobody knows exactly what is going to happen, so of course the speculation has been rampant since the last game of the season in which Indy cemented their pick atop the 2012 Draft. The prevailing rumor mill has Peyton being dismissed for the guy with the craziest neck beard in California and Peyton hitting the market.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Peyton as a person. I think he is a great role model for countless kids across the country, learning how to play QB the right way as well as carrying himself in a professional manner. It is arguable that he will go down as one of the greatest to play, despite his brother finding a way to win more Super Bowls than him at this point in their careers.
But to be perfectly honest, Peyton has had more neck surgeries than most WWE wrestlers will ever have, all in the course of a year. Bones have been fused, nerves aren’t quite the same and his main issue is that he can’t feel the triceps on his throwing arm. That’s a pretty big issue for a quarterback, let alone a human being that likes to use said arm. So with that being said, of course he is being linked to Seattle.
I am not a huge Tavaris fan. I think Tavaris is serviceable, and if given time (as he likes to hold the ball) he can make plays well enough to get this team through a few victories next year. Some would argue that even Peyton with a dead arm is probably better than Tavaris, or Peyton going with his off arm may be more accurate than Jackson. However, for a team that is reloading at all positions with youth, I don’t think going and getting a 35+ year old QB with a neck made up of solder & Gorilla Glue is the best option for the Hawks. Between you and me, I would like to see Peyton go into the Hall of Fame sans a head halo, and at this point he seems to be on that route.
So this is my call out to Pete – let’s explore trading down and getting a QB in the 2nd or 3rd, maybe even later where these guys like to pan out. Matty Flynn, everyone’s back-up-QB-turned-starter-de-jour was taken in the 7th round. Here’s my vote for Brandon Weeden (yes, I know he is old, but still about 10 years younger that Manning) with that 2nd round pick. Now that’s something I can get behind.