Indianapolis Colts Won't Trade Peyton Manning, $28 Million Option Also Can't Be Pushed Back

James Johnson

On March 7th the Indianapolis Colts must decide whether to keep quarterback Peyton Manning and pay him a $28 million option the following day or remove Manning from the teams roster, allowing No. 1 draft pick Andrew Luck to lead the team while using that $28 million to make room in their salary cap to build a team around Luck.

According to rumors Colts owner Jim Irsay absolutely does not want to get rid of Peyton Manning, however he has also reportedly said the team will continue to evaluate Manning's playing condition up until that option deadline arrives.

Questions about Manning's continued play on the team began circulating the moment the Indianapolis Colts ended their season with a record of 2-14, a bad enough placement to receive the No. 1 2012 NFL draft pick and with it Stanford's star quarterback Andrew Luck.

As BleacherReports Nicholas Goss points out:

This is a really smart move by Irsay because Manning is the face of his franchise, and will be for a very long time.

You cannot trade the quarterback that has won you a Super Bowl, made you a ton of money and helped you build a new stadium, even if it's uncertain what his health will be like in a few months.

Trading Manning would be disrespectful to him. He's done way too much for the Colts franchise, making it foolish for Irsay to make that kind of move.

You cannot trade the quarterback that has won you a Super Bowl, made you a ton of money and helped you build a new stadium, even if it's uncertain what his health will be like in a few months.

Trading Manning would be disrespectful to him. He's done way too much for the Colts franchise, making it foolish for Irsay to make that kind of move.

Do you think releasing Peyton Manning and putting Andrew Luck in his place would be a monumental mistake or the right move for the teams future?

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