The End of An Era

Although it is not official…yet. It is rumoured that the Indianapolis Colts will release  star quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning was drafted in 1998 by the Colts with the first overall pick, his first season he went 3-13, but in his second season he went 13-3. He brought the Colts to 9 consecutive playoff appearances, before missing last season. With the Colts, Manning won 4 MVP awards (an NFL record), he won one Super Bowl and a Super Bowl MVP award. He is 3rd in every major passing category and he’s face of the franchise… or was. With Manning gone, the Andrew Luck era shall begin, pending the Colts draft Luck. The best situation to happen for the Colts is that Luck goes 3-13 (like his predecessor) and gets the Colts another first overall pick so they can build a team around Luck.

Now for Manning, he now has the option to sign wherever he pleases. The top four teams I can see Manning go to are as follows.

1) The New York Jets, the Jets have a great defence and a great run game. The one thing they’ve been missing is a consistent QB, Mark Sanchez has been less then stellar in his time with New York. Manning’s father Archie during an interview a few months ago almost hinted that Peyton could end up there. If Peyton were to land in New York it would really heat up the Manning-Brady rivalry, as well there would be two Mannings’ in New York.

2) The Arizona Cardinals, the Cardinals have been one of the teams that are consistently mentioned. Arizona is a very stable environment (which Manning likes), they also are the city that took in an old Kurt Warner.  Arizona also has one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, Larry Fitzgerald. A Manning-Fitzgerald combo would be killer, as well the Cardinals are in the NFC West, a division that has been the weakest division in the NFL in recent years. With that being said the 49ers were stellar last season but Manning could easily dissect the 49ers defense. Also the Cardinals hired Manning’s ex QB coach Frank Reich.

3) The Washington Redskins, the Redskins are a team that have been known to sign older players and have always been willing to pay top dollar. The Redskins have been known to look for the quick fix and if your looking for a quick fix, Peyton Manning is your man. The Redskins also hold the 6th pick, with that pick they could possibly draft Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon. With Manning and Blackmon the ‘Skins could tear up almost any defense. Now their main competition would be the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, who are led by non other than Peyton’s younger brother Eli. The Giants made the playoffs with a 9-7 record, Peyton hasn’t won less then 10 games since 2001. Now, even if the Giants were once again to finish first in the division, it’s safe to say that Manning would lead the Redskins to a  wild card spot

4) Last but not least, the Miami Dolphins, The ‘Fins have been a team always in the mix of the “where will Peyton end up talks”. Although the ‘Fins had a pretty bad season at 6-10, they were not actually as bad as their record suggests, they finished the season 6-3. The ‘Fins also hold the 8th pick, with that they can improve an already pretty solid o-line, fix up some of their defensive problems or if around, draft WR Michael Floyd from Notre Dame or Kendall Wright from Baylor, with one of these  two start wide receivers plus Brandon Marshall, the Dolphins could torch any opposing defense.

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-McFultz

The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Had To Say

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

 

-McFultz