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Bill Polian: End of Peyton Manning’s career approaching

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Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has, by all appearances, a few more good years left in him. But Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian says it may be time to start preparing for a future without Manning — and perhaps time to start looking at quarterbacks in the draft.

“Quarterback’s an issue, probably not a front-burner issue, but an issue nonetheless because while Peyton’s not at the end of his career, it’s approaching faster than it has in the past,” Polian said, per the Indianapolis Star. “I wouldn’t rule that out in the right situation.”

Colts G.M. Chris Polian and coach Jim Caldwell had a private workout with TCU quarterback Andy Dalton on Monday, and if Dalton is still there when the Colts pick in the second round, they might grab him. But Bill Polian says no one should expect the Colts to draft a quarterback in the first round.

“I don’t know that you’re going to find his eventual replacement drafting 22nd,” Polian said. “And whether or not you would use that choice on a quarterback in an unsettled labor situation, where you don’t know what kind of contract that’s going to be signed, is another issue. That said, I don’t think you can dismiss it.”

So if the Colts won’t use their first-round pick this year on a quarterback, when will they acquire Manning’s successor?

“You don’t know,” Polian said, “but you know it’s sometime soon. You begin to think about it.”

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41 Responses to “Bill Polian: End of Peyton Manning’s career approaching”
  1. deacon42 says: Apr 9, 2011 7:19 AM

    The Packers found Favre’s replacement with the 24th pick. And he became Super Bowl MVP.

  2. doggz109 says: Apr 9, 2011 7:21 AM

    All it takes is one awkward sack and it could be this year.

  3. 4ever19 says: Apr 9, 2011 7:22 AM

    Why don’t we just push him out of town right now. Maybe we’d get some decent compensatory picks for him. Geesh.

  4. brasho says: Apr 9, 2011 7:25 AM

    It’s called “Doing their due diligence” They also worked out Colin Kaepernick as well… and I would think they would be more likely to take the far stronger-armed, far more productive, far more athletic, far bigger, and smarter Kaepernick over Dalton. Dalton, who is getting lots of attention right now, is no more than a long-time backup and occasional starter.

  5. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Apr 9, 2011 7:48 AM

    I wouldn’t think they would want the next guy to sit for more than three years. Follow the Rogers model. Since Peyton is getting ready to sign another contract and I wouldn’t think it would be for only 3 years why would they draft the guy now? Say Peyton signs a 5 year deal, that means they still wouldn’t draft a guy for TWO more years assuming they wanted him to sit for three years. Unless of course they don’t plan on honoring the length of his probable new contract. I don’t see it being less than 5 years. What does PFT think? They would be the perfect spot for someone like Cam Newton(not him this year, but someone like him) that needs to sit(in my opinion) mature and learn the game from one of the best. Once a rookie salary scale is in place it might allow more teams to take a qb in the first round and let them sit. That should be very good for the overall quarterback play in the league.

  6. MichaelEdits says: Apr 9, 2011 8:01 AM

    Peyton Manning will not turn his eventual retirement into a Favrian circus. He’s got twins to teach the game to now. Meanwhile, will Polian trade for Eli? Hahahahaha.

  7. hawkeye6 says: Apr 9, 2011 8:04 AM

    Sounds like Polian is (unsuccessfully) trying to soften the blow of drafting a young QB instead of a position the Colts need more (right now).

    Is Polian conceding that the Colts are not perennial contenders? It’s not like they’re stacked at every position and can afford to draft a player that’s not going to play for another 4 years (or so).

  8. mhs8031 says: Apr 9, 2011 8:15 AM

    NEWSFLASH: 35 year old QB getting close to retirement.

  9. jersey73 says: Apr 9, 2011 8:18 AM

    Bill Polian is simply posturing here as Peyton hasn’t signed his contract yet. Nothing to see here.

  10. medialovesthecowboys says: Apr 9, 2011 8:21 AM

    The unfortunate reality for Colts (and if you want to be honest with yourself, Patriots) fans, is the nanosecond Manning retires they immediately go back to mediocrity. I’ve heard all the praise and accolades for Belichick, but seriously, what did he do as a Head Coach before Tom Brady?

  11. EJ says: Apr 9, 2011 8:32 AM

    When Peyton finally retires….

    They will be in the same situation as Buffalo has been for the past decade… Their star/franchise QB retires (Jim Kelly) and they are stuck searching for a replacement that will never come. At least most Bills fans believe that day will never come. We’ve been through what seems like a hundred different QB’s- Bledsoe, Edwards, Flutie, Johnson, Fitzpatrick and thats just a few of them. All I have to say to the Colts is… Good Luck!!!!

  12. dfensfelix says: Apr 9, 2011 8:39 AM

    It’s sad to think we only have a small window of opportunity left to watch, in my opinion, the best pure quarterback in NFL history.

  13. FinFan68 says: Apr 9, 2011 8:49 AM

    I see nothing wrong with that strategy. You don’t wait until it’s too late to draft your next franchise QB. Just ask fans of Miami, Buffalo, San Francisco, etc. Those guys are not easy to find

  14. jimr10 says: Apr 9, 2011 8:50 AM

    Like the Colts do not need defensive players. Oh, well, they do not have to worry about 2011 because there will be no season. De Smith is making sure of that.

  15. whitetail28 says: Apr 9, 2011 8:51 AM

    Stanzi…
    You heard it here first folks/

  16. skoobyfl says: Apr 9, 2011 8:54 AM

    Peyton has another 4 years.

  17. dempsey63 says: Apr 9, 2011 9:05 AM

    “I don’t know that you’re going to find his eventual replacement drafting 22nd,” Polian said.

    (Aaron Rodgers would beg to differ.)

  18. mataug says: Apr 9, 2011 9:07 AM

    == we are open to trading down for more picks

  19. therealsmiley says: Apr 9, 2011 9:16 AM

    Don’t ever post this again…as a football fan I can’t imagine the game without Peyton Manning. Hail!!

  20. gugurich says: Apr 9, 2011 9:29 AM

    How likely is it that another Aaron Rodgers situation happens again? The guy slipped in the draft for reasons not pertaining to his talent: he slipped because of his coach and because his mechanics were unusual. Just because someone like him slipped that low once doesn’t mean it’s going to happen anytime soon, just like another Brady isn’t going to be found in the 6th round anytime soon.

  21. istateyourname says: Apr 9, 2011 9:29 AM

    All it takes is one awkward sack and it could be this year.

    Didn’t a trainer in Tennessee get a close up look at an awkward sack once?

  22. dexterismyhero says: Apr 9, 2011 9:31 AM

    Curtis Painter sucks……………..

  23. tjacks7 says: Apr 9, 2011 9:49 AM

    I cant wait to see Jim Caldwell coach without Peyton Manning.

    0-16 at best.

  24. garyman1 says: Apr 9, 2011 9:57 AM

    Damn…. I wish I could have retired when I was in my 30′s. It’s good work if you can get it.

  25. FinFan68 says: Apr 9, 2011 10:28 AM

    gugurich says:
    Apr 9, 2011 9:29 AM
    How likely is it that another Aaron Rodgers situation happens again? The guy slipped in the draft for reasons not pertaining to his talent: he slipped because of his coach and because his mechanics were unusual. Just because someone like him slipped that low once doesn’t mean it’s going to happen anytime soon, just like another Brady isn’t going to be found in the 6th round anytime soon.
    ——————-
    Ask Ryan Mallett that question in a few years

  26. ggeden says: Apr 9, 2011 10:28 AM

    Bill Polian drafted Jim Kelly (a player who was an offensive co-ordinator on the field, who ran the no-huddle).

    Bill Polian drafted Peyton Manning (a player who is an offensive co-ordinator on the field, who runs the no-huddle).

    Whoever Bill Polian drafts next as the heir to Manning, he will look for someone who possesses the ability and leadership to become that.

  27. golonger says: Apr 9, 2011 10:31 AM

    ….yeah, I hope he plays at least 4 more years….i will miss his abysmal chokes in the playoffs.

  28. yahmule says: Apr 9, 2011 10:59 AM

    Be nice if he could add another Lombardi before he hangs it up to kind of justify his rarified placement among the all time greats.

  29. commoncents says: Apr 9, 2011 11:51 AM

    In case you misread this Peyton, I would not bank on an out of the park offer this time around. How’s that name on the lawsuit treating you??

  30. carryingweight says: Apr 9, 2011 12:02 PM

    I think no matter what you do you don’t burn the bridge between the colts and peyton like the pack did with favre. I have a feeling peyton can handle himself like more of a pro than favre did and he will know when to call it quits. Bit even after he is done playing peyton can be a great qb coach or mentor to the young kid hoping to fill some of the biggest shoes the NFL has ever seen. Imagine if favre would have taken that role with rodgers…(possibly a negative because rodgers would know how to sext) but you get the point.

  31. norcal9erfan says: Apr 9, 2011 1:00 PM

    If you guys don’t want Peyton, the 49ers will gladly take him.

  32. touchdownroddywhite says: Apr 9, 2011 1:07 PM

    Polian will do whatever he has to do to pull Andrew Luck next year.

    Yeah, I said it.

  33. hoopsdoc says: Apr 9, 2011 1:31 PM

    I agree with the poster who called this “posturing”. Polians not real happy with Manning right now, because of the contract and the lawsuit.

  34. thefiesty1 says: Apr 9, 2011 1:34 PM

    A couple of years left if Indy can get him a running game and some blockers and a defensive stalwart to replace Sanders and others.

  35. endzonezombie says: Apr 9, 2011 2:03 PM

    Curtis Painter’s girlfried just put an ad on Craigslist.

  36. stanklepoot says: Apr 9, 2011 2:24 PM

    thereisalwaysnextyear says: Apr 9, 2011 7:48 AM

    I wouldn’t think they would want the next guy to sit for more than three years. Follow the Rogers model. Since Peyton is getting ready to sign another contract and I wouldn’t think it would be for only 3 years why would they draft the guy now? Say Peyton signs a 5 year deal, that means they still wouldn’t draft a guy for TWO more years assuming they wanted him to sit for three years. Unless of course they don’t plan on honoring the length of his probable new contract. I don’t see it being less than 5 years. What does PFT think? They would be the perfect spot for someone like Cam Newton(not him this year, but someone like him) that needs to sit(in my opinion) mature and learn the game from one of the best. Once a rookie salary scale is in place it might allow more teams to take a qb in the first round and let them sit. That should be very good for the overall quarterback play in the league.
    ______________________
    I get your point, but Peyton signing a five year contract (possibly), and Peyton playing out a five year contract are two different things. Peyton is 35 years after all. Take a look at what happened with Favre. Year before last he had one of his best seasons ever, but the very next year he was never able to get over his initial injuries. Basically, Favre’s injuries slowed him down, making him an easier target for defenses. That in turn caused him to take more and bigger hits, which created new injuries and kept his existing injuries from fully healing. Now, add to that the fact that Peyton is starting out even less mobile than Favre. So, while Peyton has been fortunate enough to avoid any serious injuries up to this point, there’s really no way of knowing how his body will respond at his current age, let alone as he approaches 40.

    Very few long term starting QBs have played until they were 40. Maybe Peyton will, and maybe he won’t. If I were the Colts, however, I wouldn’t bet everything I have on it. I’d follow the example set by the Packers and Eagles. Find someone you believe in after the first round. Take some time to develop them. If they’re ready to be a starter before you’re ready to move on, trade them for more than you used to get them and then draft another QB to develop. Both the Packers and Eagles were able to turn lesser draft picks into higher draft picks during their starting QB’s tenures this way, with the added benefit of having quality backups well versed in their systems until they did trade away those QBs.

  37. eagleswin says: Apr 9, 2011 2:33 PM

    I still remember the announcers saying, after he won the superbowl MVP that the MVP must’ve been for all the great commercials he had that year. Manning has never done well outside of the regular season and the superbowl year was no exception. The defense carried them that entire run and Manning got the credit due to every commercial on TV that year had manning in it. I didn’t know it was possible for one human being to push so many products.

  38. descendency says: Apr 9, 2011 2:38 PM

    Manning would be a nice backup for Tom Brady if the Colts want to release him.

  39. godofwine330 says: Apr 10, 2011 12:47 AM

    It is inevitable. Peyton Manning’s career, like every current and future player is going to end. It is difficult to prepare for because you don’t know when he is going to go from top 2 QB in the league to bottom 33rd. Sometimes, see Brett Favre, there is a little in the tank that can trick you into thinking that the tank is full when all you saw was an extended sputter before Kaput.

    How do you draft to replace a legend? When do you replace him? This is the most difficult question in all of sports because there is no right answer. Do it too early (like Denver tried to do with Tommy Maddox) and you end up wasting a high round pick. Do it on time and you have Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers. Do it too late and you have the Miami Dolphins. You never can tell.

  40. lgwelsh1 says: Apr 11, 2011 4:29 AM

    Your not going to replace Manning, he is a once in a lifetime QB for a franchise. The same thing goes for Brady when he retires.

    To get a QB that will lead your franchise for 10+ years and win year in and year out, go to the playoffs, super bowls….

    Look at what happened in Denver, Miami, Dallas, Buffalo when their HoF QB’s retired…

  41. nooittall says: Apr 11, 2011 11:23 PM

    ggeden, Polian did not draft Jim Kelly, the Bills drafted him before Polian weaseled his way into the GM position in Buffalo by backstabbing some good people there. Kelly was drafted by the Bills and chose to play in the USFL and when the league folded he went to the Bills who had his rights. Polian just negotiated the contract, but takes credit for drafting him, just like he does on occassion with Marvin Harrison. Polian is not a good personnel man, despite the way he manipulates the press into portraying him as such. Something I’d like you to consider. After an excellent draft class in 2006 the Colts drafts have pretty much sucked. I find it quite the coinscidence that after the 2006 draft Polian fired his Director of College Scouting to put his son in charge of all personnel. And went on to run off all their experienced scouts and surround his son with his classmates and young kids so Chris doesn’t feel uncomfortable. Chris never went out on the road and scouted and never earned his bones, so he couldn’t look the experienced scouts that the Colts had in the eyes, so Bill ran them all off and his drafts have sucked since. Polian is a master manipulator, takes credit for everything that goes right, acts superior and more knowledgeable than anyone else, will only speak with national media who help promote his image as some sort of genius. This was the guy who up until an hour before he had to make the pick, admittedly almost took Ryan Leaf. He is not the personnel person the media make him out to be and that he promotes himself as, but he was lucky enough to step into ideal situations and had good scouting staffs in Buffalo and Indianapolis to feed him players. In Carolina he had the budget to outspend every team in the league and he bought the best team that the could and almost bankrupted the Panthers right at the start of their franchise, they shot up and just as quickly crashed. So now that Bill has had to pick the players since the 2007 draft basically off a board put up by kids and friends of his son, he is being revealed for just what sort of personnel man he really is, not much of one!

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