As a die hard Colts fan it’s been very a very difficult year. With the loss of our star quarterback and my longtime hero Peyton Manning, the Colts finished with the worst record in football, 2-14. This was the first time in 9 years that the Colts didn’t make the playoffs. With the first overall pick it was clear that the Colts would draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
From the beginning I’ve been saying that the Colts could draft Luck and then have Manning mentor him. This would prevent a David Carr type situation, especially with an aging Colts team. As time goes on it seems that there’s no way my dream will come true. The Colts have also stated that they intend to release Manning. Which now brings me to the hardest thing I’ve ever had to say… The Colts must trade Manning. If they release him they’re wasting a great opportunity. On October 12th, 1989 The Dallas Cowboys traded Herschel Walker and a few other picks and players to the Minnesota Vikings for three first round picks, three second round picks, one third round pick and a sixth round pick. The Bengals also received two first round picks from the Oakland Raiders for quarterback Carson Palmer, who had been home playing Madden for half of the season. The three teams that are being continuously mentioned for wanting Manning are the Redskins, Dolphins and the Jets. The Redskins hold the 6th overall pick, if the Colts trade Manning to the Redskins they could hold the first and sixth picks, plus they would at least receive the Redskins 2013 first rounder and probably multiple other picks. With all these picks, the Colts could build around Andrew Luck and bring back the Colts dynasties of the 2000′s.
So for the sake of the Colts future, I’m begging you Mr Irsay, trade Peyton Manning