With the Indianapolis Colts loss today to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Colts are officially on the clock at the 2012 NFL draft. They finished with a measly record of two wins and 14 losses this season. Colts fans cannot blame them for being this bad because they did lose their MVP and possibly the leagues MVP in Peyton Manning to a neck injury. Peyton Manning went through his third neck surgery this past offseason and was not ready to play this season and he watched as the Colts season went down in flames. Doctors have said that Peyton Manning’s neck is healed and that he should be able to play next season, the question is will he be playing for the Colts. If Peyton comes back and is healthy, the Colts have multiple options they will have to consider because Andrew Luck is a rare QB talent that comes once in a long time while Peyton Manning is owed a $28 million bonus in March of 2012 just before the draft.
Option #1–This option would be to pay Manning his bonus and draft Andrew Luck to learn behind Manning for a few years and let him be groomed into the Colts future QB.
Option #2–Trade the number one overall pick to a willing team and reap the benefits of a stock pile of draft picks in this years and future years NFL drafts. The number one pick will be worth around three first round picks and possibly even two second round picks. That is a lot for one team to give up for a player, but they say Luck is worth the risk.
Option #3–Trade Peyton Manning for picks or players and stockpile talent for Luck to grow around. Peyton Manning is not worth as much as the first overall pick, but he definitely will draw a big crowd of teams that want his services if he is healthy.
Option #4–This option I have not heard yet and I think that it is still possible, but highly unlikely to happen. They do not trade the pick or Manning and they draft someone that is not named Andrew Luck.
Options numbers 2 and 3 seem to be the Colts best options because they get a lot of future players in return and they are not paying a high amount of guaranteed money to both QB’s. To pay the amount of money to two players who play the same position and only one can play, does not seem to be the best situation for any team because of the salary cap that the NFL currently uses. The Colts currently have less then $4 million in cap space and Cam Newton received just over 5 million a season not including bonuses as the first pick in the draft last year.
The first thing the Colts need to do is make sure Peyton is healthy because his situation dictates the whole scenario and if he is healthy, then the Indianapolis Colts hold all the Cards to this years NFL Draft.
With the first pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the Indianapolis Colts select…?