By Rich Tandler
Since the fate of Peyton Manning might have an affect on the Redskins’ quarterback situation, allow me to pass along this nugget from Andrew Brandt of ESPN and other media entities.
Today he tweeted the following:
Regarding Colts 2012 $: Manning option (28M) + salary (7.4M) = 35.4M. Luck bonus plus salary = approx 15.1M. Total = 50.5M
What Brandt is saying is that if Colts owner Jim Irsay pays Manning the $28 million option bonus that is due on March 8 and drafts Andrew Luck with the first pick in the draft, he will be cutting checks worth over $50 million to quarterbacks this year. That makes no sense. I can’t put it any better than our friends at Rotoworld did:
The only move that makes sense is declining Manning's option. Cleaning house from top to bottom, Manning's contract would be a salary-cap millstone around the franchise's neck while trying to improve the talent around [Andrew] Luck or Robert Griffin III.
I have no idea how the situation in Indy will turn out. Maybe I should ask Rob Lowe. But I am very confident that it won’t end up with both Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck on the Colts’ roster.