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Irsay denies Colts have decided on Luck

Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:45 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2012 1:45 pm
 

Colts owner Jim Irsay denied a report that the team has discussed moving a $28 million option bonus owed quarterback Peyton Manning on March 8. The bonus would trigger the final four years of Manning's contract and prevent him from becoming a free agent.
  
Irsay also denied an ESPN report that the Colts have definitively decided to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in April. Other potential top prospects include Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
  
"There has been no discussion of a deadline push,n just like '98 with Manning/Leaf..u have 2 go thru a long,disciplined process of evaluation," Irsay tweeted Sunday, referring to the 1998 draft in which the Colts selected Manning over Ryan Leaf.
  
With the health of Manning in question after he missed the season recovering from neck surgery, the Colts are prepared to secure a franchise quarterback who will eventually take the baton from Manning.
  
Irsay is focused on hiring a new general manager after firing Bill Polian last week. Irsay tweeted Saturday that the Colts are interviewing seven candidates.
  
If they take Luck, the Colts will do so nearly 20 years since Irsay's father, Bob, selected another Stanford quarterback, John Elway, with the No. 1 pick in 1983, but ultimately traded the future Hall of Famer.
  
The sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen the younger Irsay welcomes the opportunity to complete the circle.
  
Of course, the Colts already rectified the missed opportunity with Elway by taking Manning as the top pick in 1998 and watching him develop into a future Hall of Famer, who led them to two Super Bowls, including a Super Bowl XLI win over the Chicago Bears.
  
Irsay said last week that he has no idea if Manning will play football again.
  
Manning has had three surgeries on his neck, including spinal fusion, and didn't practice or participate in team on-field activities in 2011. He will continue rehabbing at the team facility, a luxury he didn't have during the four-month lockout last year, and is hopeful of resuming his career in 2012.
  
But Manning will be 36 in March and his continued health isn't certain given the nature of the surgery and the physical demands of the NFL. If Manning is healthy, Irsay had vowed he will return.

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Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:14 am
 

Irsay denies Colts have decided on Luck

of couse he is going to deny it. nobody is going to tell what they are gonna do. when he fired polian, that kind of told us he was going to  pick luck no 1. when you get a chance like that you have to take it.


HaveAtry
Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:46 am
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Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:59 pm
 

Irsay denies Colts have decided on Luck

It's been more like nearly 30 years since the Colts left Baltimore. I am not a Colts fan, but I was in junior high school when I saw the move on the news that morning. To this day, the name Indianapolis Colts still seems weird to me. It would be like saying San Antonio Steelers or Las Vegas Packers. I wish the Irsays would have left the Colts name in Baltimore the way Modell left the Browns name in Cleveland. 



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:22 pm
 

Irsay denies Colts have decided on Luck

Irsay has been a attention Diva in the last 2 weeks.If you don't Draft Luck your THE DUMBEST OWNER IN OUR LIFETIME.Peyton Is Done Too.See if make a 28 Million Mistake.GOOF BALL



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:12 pm
 

Irsay denies Colts have decided on Luck

Hey lil jimmy irsay ... u tweet tu much

growup n b a reel oner



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:15 pm
 

Irsay denies Colts have decided on Luck

 Never, ever trust anything that comes out of Chris Mortensen's mouth. Indy may very well take Luck, but never take Mortensen's word for it. According to Mort Jay Cutler is a Washington Redskin Oooops. Mortensen is the type of bottom feeder, who will just spout off to ensure a pay check at ESPN, and keep is name in the news. 
 If Manning stays anything can happen, If Manning goes probably Luck, but don't count out RGIII. 


HaveAlook
Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:02 pm
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Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:40 pm
 

Irsay denies Colts have decided on Luck

Well, let's assume they don't take him.  Why would they do that? Well, because an owner is an owner.  He just spent all that money on Manning, and would prefer to get more use out of him.  If Favre can play until he's 40 so can Manning.  Plus, not only do you have Manning family politics playing into this, the fact that you might just trade Manning to the Redskins-bonus and all-instead of just giving him away in free agency, what the hell would you pay Andrew Luck if you drafted him...this organization is at a crossroads, and this could be the "process" Irsay speaks of.  This is the most important draft in Indianapolis Colts history.  I think the team will go in a different direction, and trade the pick anyway, simply because you can't win in the playoffs without running the football.


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Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 7:02 pm
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Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: January 8, 2012 6:53 pm
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