Excellent post. I felt from the day Irsay started cleaning house that Peyton's days were coming to an end in Indianapolis. It really is a smart decision overall by Irsay and one that he and Manning made together too a degree.
36 Years old with two neck surgeries and the team in rebuild mode = good luck luck.
Not to mention some of the treatment he received was done overseas because it wasn't performed in the states.
I wouldn't be shocked if he walked away but i think he believes he has something left and will test the waters and pick the best team he can that has a real chance of a deep playoff run.
It's definitely a hard choice to make. Baseball was my first and only love when I played and I had a choice: to take a year off and do surgery to get my elbow fixed or hope with better mechanics to fix my throwing motion. I knew I couldn't afford to take a year off so I fought through it and lost anyways.
I'm comparing apples to hog balls a bit here but if he did retire, I'd support his decision to the fullest.
I am with you...sort of. If Trent is there ...I would take him at 17...he might be there..that guy is an Adrian Peterson clone. I like the Barron pick at 21 but not at 17.It al depends on who's left on the board. What if they sign Micheal Bush...do you steer away from Trent all together? Jeffery had some off feild problems..I think there are good receivers deeper too. Thats another position that could be solved in free agency, Wayne,Jackson,Manningham,Bowe,Garcon,Larent Robinson...someone with some experiance would be nice..dare I say Mike Wallace.
In a later round, I love the Martin kid from Boise State. He is the real deal too.
I think he will be headed to Denver myself...I think John Elway knows that Tblow is not the answer. Elway knows what it takes to win in the NFL and Tblow doesnt have it. He will be a one hit wonder....Vanilla Ice for sure.