Since I cannot seem to stop the Peyton Manning speculation on GGN, instead I will feed it like a bear that will surely turn on me one day. When you can't beat them, join them.
Jason La Canfora, insider for NFLN and one of the most reliable recent regular breakers of major sporting news, makes some notable claims detailed in this article from the NFL. La Canfora says that Colts owner Jim Irsay has already decided that the Peyton Manning saga in Indianapolis will end for certain this offseason:
"According to sources who were involved in the Colts’ GM search, the organization was planning to move on from Manning weeks ago, well before this public squabble between the quarterback and his owner," NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora said Friday on "NFL Total Access."
La Canfora reported the Colts will make a move on Manning "almost certainly" before the start of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine.
This confirms what countless people who follow the NFL have been speculating on since early in the 2011-2012 season. The Colts owe Manning a hefty 28 million dollar roster bonus in early March and will in all likelihood draft QB prospect Andrew Luck with the 1st overall pick in the upcoming draft. Expect developments sooner rather than later.
This will certainly extend the life and vigor of speculation surrounding whether or not the Jets will or even should pursue Manning. Some sources have said they will if he becomes available. I caution you, dear reader, not to get too far ahead of yourself. Manning wants to play again, but neither he or his doctors have any idea whether or not he ever will. Manning's herniated disc has impacted his nerves, and he may very well never throw like his old self again. It is worth noting that Peyton started throwing again late last year. On ESPN radio, former Colts GM Chris Polian said this:
"No one can know when and if Peyton’s nerve that controls the triceps muscle will regenerate completely and enough for him to play. The expectation is that it will. When it will, no one can predict."
Simmer down. It could happen, but right now the bigger question is would we even want a hobbled future hall of famer that is a shadow of his former self? Been there, done that. Also consider that Manning would likely go to the biggest contender of all his suitors, likely the San Francisco 49'ers or Baltimore Ravens, in my humble opinion.
I begrudgingly ask you the fateful question. Do you want Peyton Manning as a Jet in spite of everything? Do you think it's realistic? Do you think he will play again and if so, at what level?