Colts GM not ready to make a decision on Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck
|02.23.12 at 4:15 pm ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — Even if the Super Bowl and combine weren’t at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis was bound to get plenty of attention this offseason. With a decision to make on Peyton Manning and the likely addition of Andrew Luck, the Colts’ quarterback situation is the offseason’s No. 1 storyline.
Colts general manager Ryan Grigson, who was hired last month to replace the fired Bill Polian, has quite the decision ahead of him. Manning, who missed last season with a neck injury, is due a $28 million option bonus on March 8, and Luck is considered one of the best quarterback prospects to emerge in years.
Grigson spoke to the media Thursday at the scouting combine, but he wasn’t willing to say much on the team’s plans.
“It’s an ongoing process. It’s something that obviously is not going to be a rash thing. We’ve taken our time,” Grigson said on where the organization stands with Manning. “I know you guys would like to know more. Everyone would like to have this nailed down, but there’s a lot of variables and factors involved. There’s a great player involved that’s near and dear to the organization, and we want to just do it the right way and do what’s best for the organization and Peyton.”
The Colts have not seen Manning throw, and Grigson wouldn’t say what he needs to see out of the four-time MVP before making a decision. He did note that the sides have remained in contact, with Manning keeping in touch with owner Jim Irsay.
“We’ve been in talks with him,” Grigson said. “He’s talked with Jim quite a bit. They have a very amicable relationship, and they’ve spoken. He just needs to be healthy and we’ll hopefully, over the course of time here, have more for you but right now there’s nothing I can tell you that’s much different than before.”
Added Grigson: “I can’t comment on any medical questions or medical statuses. I’m not up here to do that. I’m here to focus on the combine. I can’t talk about Peyton’s medical status right now.”
As for Luck, the GM said the team has not decided who they will take first overall, but he did sing the Stanford quarterback’s praises.
“He’s a great player,” Grigson said of Luck. “The last guy in the last row of any stadium could tell you that he’s a heck of a quarterback, heck of a person, an intelligent kid. He’s got a lot to offer, as do a lot of other players, including other quarterbacks in this draft. This is going to be a good draft. There’s a lot of talent across the board positionally.”
Could the Colts potentially keep Manning and still draft Luck?
“He’s a great one,” the GM responded, referring to Manning. “We’d love to have Peyton or whomever in house, but there’s a lot of variables involved in this whole decision. It doesn’t make sense for me to speculate because it’s very hypothetical.”