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08:06 AM ET 01.04 | Heads may still be spinning in Indy. Did you hear the other term Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay used Monday? Rebuilding. He said the Colts, two years removed from a Super Bowl, are "rebuilding." Which begs the obvious question, one with the obvious answer: If you're rebuilding, do you do it with Peyton Manning, a legendary but expensive, injured 36-year-old with three or four good years left -- at best? Or with Andrew Luck, who is healthy, will turn 23 very near opening day, and wants to play, needs to play and should play the minute his feet hit the tarmac at Indianapolis International Airport? ... If the Colts don't think they can go into Win One For Peyton mode, aren't they better off rebuilding with Luck?

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January 4, 2012  08:08 AM ET

Ya think?

January 4, 2012  08:08 AM ET

Draft Luck and trade Manning if you are .....Peyton ought to bring you a good player or two and some draft picks

January 4, 2012  08:11 AM ET

How about my boy Matt Flynn???

January 4, 2012  08:13 AM ET
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Draft Luck and trade Manning if you are .....Peyton ought to bring you a good player or two and some draft picks

Yeah right... i'm sure there'll be lots of teams outh there willing to absorb a $26M contract for a guy who may never be able to play another down in the NFL... Maybe Danny... he's desperate enough...

January 4, 2012  08:15 AM ET

WOW! hte Colts homepaper sayin "don't let the doorknob hit you" to the biggest legend in COLTS gistory (more so than Johnny U)... so much for all the glamour he's brought to that midwest hick-town...

January 4, 2012  08:18 AM ET
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WOW! hte Colts homepaper sayin "don't let the doorknob hit you" to the biggest legend in COLTS gistory (more so than Johnny U)... so much for all the glamour he's brought to that midwest hick-town...

The paper there has been leading the campaign to get Manning out of town for whatever reason. They re-tread their articles here, too.

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January 4, 2012  08:24 AM ET

They better be ready. Polian really thought Peyton would be there forever. Well, none of them are. Real soon.

January 4, 2012  08:24 AM ET

What's wrong with keeping them both?


(Yeah... I know there's that money thing but grooming Manning's replacement is such a bad idea?)

January 4, 2012  08:26 AM ET

Peyton to the Skins or Vikings.......says the crystal jug

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January 4, 2012  08:31 AM ET

It's the end of an era.

January 4, 2012  08:35 AM ET
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too cold in DC......either warm climate or another dome team

Dallas? Except for the fact they are already $20 mill over the cap for next season.

January 4, 2012  08:46 AM ET

Manning to Vikes would mean he would share the same division with Rodgers, Stafford and Cutler. Talk about loaded.

I don't see it happening, but still.

January 4, 2012  08:47 AM ET

First pick overall in draft Jeff George played right away for the Colts did not last 5 years with The Colts, First pick overall with the Colts Payton Manning played right away for the Colts, never sat on da bench until he was injured, Bad Luck George, Good Luck Manning!!! The Colts r gonna need lots of Luck with a Rookie Quarterback, there better off trading the pick, they probably could get a lot for him, if they draft Luck and release or trade Manning, Luck will forever be compared to and have to fill the shoes of Manning!!! Well Fans Stay Tuned, some people have No Luck!!!

January 4, 2012  08:50 AM ET
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What's wrong with keeping them both? (Yeah... I know there's that money thing but grooming Manning's replacement is such a bad idea?)

Doesn't seem like "grooming" in PM's repetoire or best interests by some of "the read between the lines" comments he's been making...

January 4, 2012  09:13 AM ET
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Manning to Vikes would mean he would share the same division with Rodgers, Stafford and Cutler. Talk about loaded.I don't see it happening, but still.

Tennessee could be a good fit for Manning. Ties from his college days

January 4, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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Tennessee could be a good fit for Manning. Ties from his college days

Indy would hate having him in the division. If Tampa decided to make a move at QB we could have Peyton vying with Cam, Ryan and Brees. That would be a loaded division, as well.

 
January 4, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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Indy would hate having him in the division. If Tampa decided to make a move at QB we could have Peyton vying with Cam, Ryan and Brees. That would be a loaded division, as well.

Would Indy be able to trade him? Or would they just have to release him to avoid paying him that ridiculous bonus he due real soon?

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