The first day of the Scouting Combine featured a variety of coaches and General Managers meeting with the media. On such session occurred with new Colts G.M. Ryan Grigson.
Grigson, who has had the job for roughly a month, faces two key decisions: (1) what to do with Peyton Manning; and (2) what to do with the first pick in the draft.
As to the former, Grigson said the question of whether he’ll remain with the team won’t be resolved until March 8, the date on which a $28 million option bonus comes due.
“Exactly, March 8,” Grigson said. “It’s an on-going process. It’s something that obviously is not going to be a rash thing. We’ve taken our time. I know you guys would like to know more. Everyone would like to have this nailed down, but there is a lot of variables and factors involved. There’s a great player involved that’s near and dear to us and to the organization. We want to do it the right way, do what’s best for the organization and for Peyton.”
Grigson said he hasn’t seen Manning throw. New coach Chuck Pagano said the same thing, and Pagano made it clear that the communications between the Colts and Manning are being handled by owner Jim Irsay.
Grigson also said the Colts didn’t ask Andrew Luck not to throw at the Scouting Combine, contrary to a recent report from Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star. And even though the Colts can begin negotiating a contract with Luck as of Friday, Grigson said that won’t be happening soon.
“No, that whole thing, it doesn’t make much sense to me,” Grigson said. “We are here at the Combine to evaluate players, and that is what we are going to do. We are going to base a lot of our decisions based off of this week, so it really makes no sense to me to come to any type of conclusion on anybody, regardless of position, before you have your full evaluation done.”
Grigson may not have his evaluation done, but we’ve got a feeling Irsay has completed his own evaluation. And that Luck will be the pick. The only question is whether he’ll be signed before the time comes to send his name to the podium in New York City.