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Andrew Luck Reportedly Expected to Sign with Peyton Manning’s Agent

Can you say awwwwwkward? In a column at Yahoo! Sports, Jason Cole says Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is expected to choose Peyton Manning‘s agents to represent him. Luck is expected to be the top pick in the NFL draft, although some teams reportedly prefer Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. We’ve already heard that Peyton Manning may try to force a trade if the Colts drafts Luck, so this makes matters even more complicated.

Tom Condon and Ben Dogra at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) may end up in a messy situation. If they sign Luck as a client, they’ll try to get him drafted first overall. They’ll also try to negotiate the best possible contract for him, and they might prefer that he begins playing immediately. Would that motivate them to push for Peyton to be traded? I would think so.

You can say that Luck should just choose another agent to avoid the conflict of interest, but why should he have to choose different representation because of the circumstance? Perhaps the only way around this potentially awkward scenario is if the Colts win two more games and don’t get the top pick in the draft.

H/T Evan Silva

Peyton Manning May Force Trade if Andrew Luck Is Drafted

When Archie Manning said earlier this week that Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning wouldn’t want to play on the same team, maybe he was just revealing the feelings of his son.

In a column published Friday, Adam Schefter indicated that may be the case.

“But inevitably Manning is going to have to let his feelings be known for the Colts, and the sense around the league is there will not be room for both quarterbacks, Manning and Luck, in Indianapolis,” Schefter wrote. “But after this season, as March begins to creep closer, it’s worth remembering that Eli Manning once navigated his way out of San Diego. And it will not be a surprise if Peyton Manning does the same with Indianapolis.”

Archie Manning backed off his initial statement about Peyton and Luck, later saying the two could play together. That was probably said for PR purposes to make it seem like Peyton is still a friendly guy. We believe his initial words reflected the truth.

Former personnel exec Michael Lombardi says he wouldn’t want to be the GM who trades Peyton Manning, but we think that would be the best move for the team. Peyton Manning is coming off multiple neck surgeries and is 35 years old. You probably have 3-4 years with him at best. Andrew Luck should be able to give the team 12 good years, even if he’s not as good as Peyton his first few years.

H/T Rotoworld

Dwight Freeney Says It’s Disrespectful to Other Players to Call Peyton Manning MVP

It would be almost impossible to argue that Aaron Rodgers isn’t the front-runner for the 2011 NFL MVP award. As both Tom Brady and Kurt Warner expressed, Rodgers could be having the greatest season by any quarterback ever — including Brady’s 2007 campaign.  Arguments have been made for Tim Tebow because of his uncanny ability to win under any circumstances, but Joe Theismann and others would laugh at that notion.  Then, there is the Peyton Manning debate.  With Manning, the Colts reached the postseason in each of the last nine seasons.  Without him, they are a whopping 0-12.  Does that make Manning an MVP candidate without playing?

As NFL.com shared with us, Dwight Freeney thinks putting his teammate in that discussion is absurd.

“It is disrespectful and it’s ridiculous across the board, to all of the guys who are actually playing the game,” Freeney said. “To the guys who are playing hard, it’s unfortunate that they’re doing something like that. They will and they do look ridiculous doing that.”

Freeney is right about it being ridiculous.  The MVP award is reserved for the player who was most valuable to his team this season.  If anything, the Colts 0-12 stink-fest proves that Manning was most valuable to his team in each of the last 10 seasons — not this year considering he didn’t play.  It’s a nice compliment and a testament to the type of player Manning is, but the fact that people are seriously debating whether or not he deserves the 2011 MVP award is — for lack of a better word — lame.

Michael Lombardi Wouldn’t Draft Andrew Luck Because He Would Not Want to be GM Who Trades Peyton Manning

Archie Manning said earlier this week that Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning would not want to play on the same team. He has backtracked from his comments, but we believe his initial remarks reflect his son’s feelings. Luck is the consensus top prospect entering the draft, and the Colts are interested in drafting him. If they do, they might have to trade Manning. Sounds pretty simple, right?

Maybe not. Former longtime NFL personnel exec, and current NFL insider, Michael Lombardi, placed things in a different context.

“I am not going to be the GM who trades Peyton Manning,” Lombardi bluntly stated on Inside the NFL. “There’s just no chance I’m doing that big boy. No way. He’s going to go put on a Washington Redskins uniform and dazzle DC? I’m not living that life, there’s just no way. If Peyton Manning can play, he’s going to be my quarterback. I’m going to find somebody else. I’m not trading Peyton Manning.”

Lombardi was then pressed by Cris Collinsworth if that means he’d pass on Luck. Lombardi said he would.

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Archie Manning: Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck Don’t Want to Play Together

With Peyton Manning having been out with a neck injury all season, his father has decided to become more vocal. Nobody really knows why Archie Manning has decided to come forward and defend his son Eli or analyze the Colts draft status heading into 2012, but he has.  On Tuesday, Archie shed some light on the Andrew Luck situation in Indianapolis.  Assuming father and son exchange dialogue from time to time, it’s now pretty obvious that Peyton would rather not play on the same team as Luck.

“I don’t think it’d necessarily be great for either one,” Archie Manning said on FOX Sports 570’s Zakk & Jack Show.  “I think Andrew’s the type of mature player, you’ve seen him play he can walk right in.  I mean, these other three or four guys that are playing this year, if they can walk in and contribute, Andrew can, too.

“We know Andrew well.  He comes down to our camp every year.  I used to play with his dad (Oliver). I’m in New York, I heard from him last night.  Peyton’s always tried to help Andrew and kind of be a friend, but I doubt if either one of them wants to play on the same team.”

Every rookie wants a chance to start right away.  However, I’m sure Luck wouldn’t mind being on the Colts as much as Peyton would mind having him there.  Although Peyton insists Phil Simms was wrong in his assertion that a healthy Manning would never let the Colts draft Luck, I’m sure he wouldn’t be all that thrilled with Indy drafting a quarterback with the first overall pick.  If Peyton continues to play, he wants to win another Super Bowl.  Drafting a quarterback with the top pick in the draft would do nothing to help him personally.  For Luck, a chance to study under a Hall of Fame quarterback for a couple seasons wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

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Peyton Manning Says Patriots Fans ‘Couldn’t Have Been Nicer’ to Him

Boston sports fans have been called a lot of things over the years. A few of them are positive. If nothing else, Boston fans have a reputation for being loyal to their teams.  However, more often than, not the words people use to describe them might include idiots, loud-mouths, jackasses, obnoxious, and ruthless among plenty of others.  As someone who has been a fan of the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics for about 18 years, I can remember very few times the word “classy” was thrown around in conjunction with a group of Boston fans.  That’s why Peyton Manning’s comments from Foxboro on Sunday were so surprising.

“I signed a tons of autographs for Patriots fans before the game and they couldn’t had been nicer,” Manning said according to the Boston Herald. “They were all wishing me a healthy recovery and missed seeing me out there and I really do appreciate that. I’ve been getting a lot of support from my Colts fans and people across the country. But when it comes from fans of probably your biggest rival, and I’m sure some of them have probably said stuff that wasn’t so nice over the years, I thought it was pretty classy.”

Maybe something was in the air.  Perhaps it was the fact that Patriots fans knew they were on their way to an easy victory, so they didn’t feel the need to kick a person while he’s down.  It must have been a a casual, no shooting ourselves in the leg type of tailgate party at Gillette Stadium before the game.

All joking aside, New England fans will take the easy victory but they would rather see Manning out there.  It’s fun to pretend we despise Manning and talk about how much better Tom Brady is than him, but Colts-Patriots is nothing without Manning on the field.  Nobody wants to see an injury that keeps a star player out this long — even an opponent.

Peyton Manning Reportedly Fine with Colts Drafting a Quarterback

Indianapolis Colts fans are well on their way to accomplishing their goal for the 2011 season.  The goal itself may have changed rapidly over the course of the offseason, but Indy has done a great job of conquering it.  With only six games remaining in the season, the Colts have a stranglehold on last place in the NFL.  They have a two-and-a-half game deficit behind lead over the Rams, Vikings, and Panthers for last.  They are the clear-cut favorites in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes, which should make their custom-jersey wearing fans proud.

According to Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian, Peyton Manning would be fine with Indy taking a quarterback with the first overall pick in next year’s draft.

“The bottom line is that if the right person is there, and it has to be the right person, then now is the time to make that choice,” Polian said WFNI-AM 1070 according to the Indianapolis Star. “Peyton and I have spoken about that, and he’s OK with that.”

As you may remember, a few weeks ago Phil Simms decided to operate under the assumption that a healthy Manning would never allow the Colts to draft his successor.  Manning was understandably offended by Simms essentially calling him a baby, but the question is do you believe that it wouldn’t bother him?  One of the toughest things for a superstar athlete to come to grips with is the fact that his glory days may be behind him.  In his mind, I’m sure Peyton feels like he has another five years of MVP-caliber football left in him.  Physically, there are many who wonder if he will ever play again.  If the Colts draft Luck and Manning plays next season, we will then get a chance to see how well he plays the role of mentor.