Talks with the FO were seen as contentious. No doubt they didn't want to be on the hook for the $35+ M Peyton was due in 2012. He probably had other ideas. But unless he takes a huge paycut, he may likely be done. Not helping was Andrew Luck looking really athletic at the combine. But Indy fans are daft if they think Luck will step in and the team not skip a beat. For every Andy Dalton, there's a half dozen Colt Mccoys and Tim Couchs. Just ask Cleveland. Plus the Dolts have other issues and it's going to be a rebuilding process. Even more the reason to part ways with Manning. This may be a win-win for all concerned. Peyton gets out before getting really hurt and Indy doesn't have to sunset his career.
Looking forward to the Bengals draft.... First of all, it's an absolute pipe dream that Bama RB Trent Richardson will be available to us round one. Obviously, if he is they should take him immediately. Regardless of what Ken Broo has opined. Otherwise, our most pressing needs are S and WR. If Alabama's Mark Barron is available with our first pick, they should take him. He's the premiere safety in the draft. Then look for either Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina) or Michael Floyd (Notre Dame) with the Carson Palmer 1a. (No more Coastal Carolinas, PLEASE!) They can either address RB through free agency or rounds 2 and 3. Not taking my advice to get a heavy hitter back to pick up 3rd and short, the braintrust should not overlook flashy Bearcat Isaiah Peade if available. He dominated in the Senior Bowl. This draft is relatively deep at CB and OL, both also needs, but could wait until middle rounds. We likely will get a 7th round compensatory pick for Jonathan Joseph. And, Uncle Mike is waaay under the salary cap dumping Palmer, so expect a number of free agent possibilities. AND we get a second #2 pick in 2013. Things are looking up for your Cincinnati Bengals IF they choose wisely.
it's an absolute pipe dream that Bama RB Trent Richardson will be available to us round one. Obviously, if he is they should take him immediately. Regardless of what Ken Broo has opined
Broo has no knowledge of football or sports in general IMO. He just loves to hear himself speak. Another ESPN's Collin Cowerd if you ask me.
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.