Earlier today we mentioned an article by Bob Kravitz of the Indy Star that brought up the fact that the Colts won’t be able to keep Peyton Manning and draft Andrew Luck, since both players would account for too much money against the cap at the quarterback position.
Just a few week’s ago it was reported that the Colts would have a tough time trading the Manning, since he’s due a large roster bonus before the 2012 season begins in March. Which means they’d have to pay him a big chunk of money before they could trade him, and that’s very unlikely.
Tonight on the NFL Network’s NFL Total Access show, Michael Lombardi was asked how the Colts could potentially handle the problem of getting rid of Manning despite the $28 million option bonus that he’s due in the offseason, so they’d be able to draft Luck.
“Let’s say they decide they want to trade him,” Lombardi suggests. “Then clearly the trading team would re-do the contract with Peyton Manning and then they would be able to make the trade and accept it for their cap. There are a lot of ways to get around this, but clearly re-doing the contract is the first step.”
Lombardi was then asked what teams could potentially end up with Manning if he’s traded. He indicated that he’d suspect that the Colts would only be willing to trade Manning to an NFC team so they would rarely have to face him on the field. The one team that Lombardi brought up as a possible landing spot is the Washington Redskins because they desperately need a quarterback.
The Redskins have been mentioned before as a possible team for Manning and it makes sense, since it’s clear head coach Mike Shanahan is looking to win rather quickly.
Don’t forget, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder loves acquiring big name players and this would be right up his alley.
In the end though, it would come down to the Colts being able to re-work Manning’s contract.Follow PFZ on Twitter @ProFootballZone