The Indianapolis Colts announced today they will be having a press conference tomorrow to officially release QB Peyton Manning. The news was no surprise as the Colts were nearing their Thursday deadline. If Manning was still with the team then he would be owed a 28 million dollar roster bonus, even if they were to cut him a day later.
We’ve had the Alex Smith or Peyton Manning discussion before, but this will no doubt add fuel to the fire as neither player is currently under contract. Manning turns 36 in a couple of weeks, Smith on the other hand turns 28 in May.
Peyton Manning ranks 3rd all-time in yards, touchdowns, and completions among quarterbacks and also is 4th in wins. If he is healthy, he is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever step foot on a football field. Peyton has a way of making the weapons around him better. The biggest argument for pursuing Manning is he has been to the big game and won it. Can he get us there though is the real question?
Alex’s career in the NFL has been a roller coaster to say the least. Before last year, he had shown flashes of great play, but turnovers and injuries have plagued his career. His greatest asset is his inability to quit. He has always had something to prove, weather that is to the team, the fans, or to himself. He has restructured his contract to stay with the team, he organized practices last year when not even on the roster, all of this time while being booed and hearing the crowd chanting for David Carr, Shaun Hill and many others. His numbers won’t blow you away, but he did manage to lead his team to the NFC Championship game this last year.
Until one of these players sign, this argument will continue to be had among fans and possibly in the front office. Do you take a 36 year old quarterback who missed all last season with a neck injury over a 28 year old guy coming off his best season though he’s only taken you to the playoffs 1 time? With that said no quarterback switched teams late in his career to lead his team to a Superbowl victory. Brett Favre and Joe Montana both got their teams to league championships, which is where we were this last year with Alex. So the question is who do you want?