We all are talking about Andrew Luck.
The Colts are going a step further. They are Tanking the Season. When the Owner went to Duke to go Scout Andrew Luck it was a red flag for the league. You not only lose but you make sure everything is in place so that you will lose. You don't fire the coach. The same coach who gave up on a Perfect season. The same coach who was just slotted in after the Great Tony Dungy left. Without Peyton he can't coach. But that's OK for this year. Indianapolis does not want him to do a great job. Heck, just leave the loser on the sideline because he is PERFECT this year.
The Colts have a $28,000,000 salary cap hit if Peyton is on the team. What team can afford that? That is a huge, huge amount to clear from your cap room. I believe the salary cap for 2012 will be around $125million. You are talking over 1/5 of your entire teams salary will be Peyton Manning. A Quarterback coming back from not 1 but 2 Neck Surgerys. By the way, performing surgery on your neck tends to reduce the mobility that you once had without any kind of surgery. Not to mention the risk of further damage to your quality of life after football.
If the Colts decide they are going to trade Peyton Manning, would you give up the farm for him? Even with the neck injury is he worth risking $28million a year for him? What if he simply cannot perform at the same rate as before because of neck mobility issues plus he is getting older. Not only will you have to give up more than Oakland gave up for Carson Palmer, but that $28million cap hit is astronomical.
Teams might as well sit back and wait for the Colts to release him. There will be a nice bidding war but the cost, if you are lucky, will be alot less if you move to get him before he is released.
Peyton has not been put on Injured Reserve. I cannot wait in about week 13 when Peyton tells the world that he is fit to play football and the owner of the colts says "umm, I know your doctor cleared you to play, but we are going to play it safe and have you just practice for the rest of the year." Translation: "We are getting Andrew Luck and there is no way in hell we are going to let you ruin our plan!"