With the exception of a group of fans who have already customized Andrew Luck Colts jerseys, the people of Indiana are not ready to let Peyton Manning go. Who could blame them? Manning delivered a Super Bowl to the city of Indianapolis and has kept the Colts in contention ever year he has been under center. He’s a lock for the Hall of Fame, so it’s tough to imagine him wearing anything other than the horseshoe. That’s why despite all the negativity going on between Manning and Colts’ ownership, Colts fans are not ready to write off a happy ending.
The Colts have the first pick in the 2012 draft, and they would have to commit a lot of money to sticking with Manning. Assuming the reports about Manning being cleared to play medically are true, they would also have to worry about his diminishing arm strength. Having Peyton as a starting quarterback after multiple neck surgeries and a full season off is a risk plenty of teams are willing to take, but the Colts likely aren’t one of them. That doesn’t mean the fans can’t keep their fingers crossed.