On the NFL Network, Michael Lombardi suggested that the Colts might move on from Peyton Manning in anticipation of drafting Andrew Luck in April and he speculates Redskins could be a landing spot for the 35-year-old quarterback.
Manning is due a $28 million bonus in March, so the Colts are forced to make a decision by then. If they pay him the bonus, the cost and salary cap implications are such that the Colts would be forced to hold on to Manning for another two to three years. Luck is touted as the most NFL ready quarterback to come out in years and it is doubtful that he will be happy sitting on the bench in Indy for that long.
Lombardi says that the Redskins may be in the market for Manning because they have money and a desperate need for a quarterback. It is important to note here that Lombardi is merely hypothesizing here; he does not have any kind of inside information that the Redskins would be interested in Manning.
"Lot of money, lot of availability," said Lombardi. "And oh, by the way, they really need a quarterback badly. They need a signature face on their franchise."
Of course, any deal for Manning will have to come with a clean bill of health. No team will consider dealing for him or paying him the money he will be looking for without assurances that the issues with his neck are behind him.
So, what do you think? Should the Redskins kick the tires on one of the five best quarterbacks of all time and try to grab a Lombardi Trophy in the next few years? Or should they draft and develop their quarterback of the future knowing full well that even highly-drafted signal callers are a 50-50 bet to make it?
Let us know in the comments.