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The final countdown?Posted Monday, March 5, 2012, at 6:21 PM
The countdown officially begins.
The Indianapolis Colts have until Thursday.
Quarterback Peyton Manning's $28 million option bonus is due that day.
It has been suggested Colts' owner Jim Irsay would have difficulty paying the bonus without knowing Manning is completely healthy and ready to play.
In contrast, reports have started surfacing, including video, showing and stating Manning is in good health and is ready to go.
There was a video that recently popped up on YouTube of a quarterback throwing in a jersey with the No. 18.
The question has been can the Colts keep Manning in addition to signing a top-notch quarterback with the first pick in the 2012 NFL draft?
Odds are, the Colts will draft Stanford's Andrew Luck, although Baylor's Robert Griffin III will be there as well.
There are plenty of teams out there who would be interested in a veteran quarterback closing in on the record books, provided he can still play at the quality level Manning is known for.
For example, critics across the country have discussed (in great length) all the squads who would love to have Manning, including the Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins.
The list appears endless.
I don't understand why every analyst worldwide can't seem to see why Manning can't mentor Luck for a couple of years before Luck takes the reins.
I know Aaron Rodgers wasn't the top pick when he was drafted.
But he ended up on a squad with a top-flight quarterback and learned by watching and waiting.
Sometimes, that isn't so bad.
But for some reason, everybody seems to think that when Thursday arrives, Manning will no longer be a Colt.
Call me crazy, but I think he'll still be wearing No. 18 and playing eight regular season games a year at Lucas Oil Stadium.