If the Colts can find a way to keep franchise QB Peyton Manning and still draft Andrew Luck with the first overall pick, Luck says he’d be more than willing to sit and learn behind the future Hall of Famer in Manning.
“If I have the opportunity to learn from a guy like that, of course you’re going to take advantage of it,” Luck said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “Absolutely. Peyton was my football hero, that’s who I modeled myself after. You never replace a guy like that. … Who knows what happens?”
The thought process around Indy is that the Colts are going to have to at some point part ways with Manning, as there is no way they can afford to pay him the $28 mil bonus he is due in early March.
The release of Manning, who would likely play somewhere else then in 2012, would open the door for Luck to come right in and start for new coach Chuck Pagano.
Colts owner Jim Irsay says that he and Manning will be meeting before the team makes any decision, but it seems more and more that the writing is on the wall to move the franchise into the future with Luck under center and Manning elsewhere.