posted at 11/19/2011 12:26 PM EST
In Response to Re: UD6
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: UD6 : Nick - as I said, Manning would have to relent on his contract
. I don't think that is outside the realm of possibility although I'd be unwiling to say it would be a probability. Remember, it was Manning's demand that got his contract done, and likely for less his agent was demanding. Manning's set financially, but he's on record as saying he doesn't believe in discounts. That said, he now, imo, cares most about his legacy. It would be bettter served in a colts uni than another
. Montana looked silly as a chief, for example. Finally, the new rookie salary structure won't require the colts to pay luck 15 million. Cam Newton got a 4 yr 22 million contract. The colts could easily pay luck 6 per year
while keeping Manning at 15.
Posted by UD6[/QUOTE]
Salary-wise it is feasible to keep both then, but if they're serious about winning with one of the QBs, they need to trade the other one to fill all of the other holes on the team. The way I see it:
- /> There are more holes than one draft could hope to fix. As much as Manning's average 2.3 second release time and pinpoint accuracy/timing helped mask their weaknesses, they have no line and no runningbacks; also, they have no interior defensive linemen, one good linebacker, middling cornerbacks, and one good safety.
- /> If Manning is the choice, they can't afford to wait to build a team through multiple drafts like they have in the past, so they need to stock up for now for all the reasons I just mentioned
- /> If Luck is the choice, then trade Manning and put an offensive line in front of Luck so he can survive; neither quarterback will last long running for their lives if they go with the understudy system, and without the extra picks to restock the team the QB will have to win a lot of shootouts