Archie runs reverse: Peyton, Luck can co-exist
Archie Manning has challenged his own call.
After telling Fox Sports Radio that his son Peyton and Stanford phenom Andrew Luck might not be best paird with each other, the elder Manning has reversed course on the matter.
Manning told the Associated Press that he believes that Peyton Manning and Luck could co-exist together with the Indianapolis Colts. Peyton Manning's neck injury has shelved him all season, and as a result, the Colts are 0-12 and have the inside track to the first overall pick, which would surely be used on Luck, who is considered the best quarterback prospect since the Colts drafted Manning in 1998.
"I'm sure they could," Archie Manning said Wednesday. "Andrew is a great young man and we've enjoyed getting to know him. He and Peyton have a friendship, and I'm one of the few people out there that's not really concerned about this deal. All good people respect each other and I'm sure this will all shake out."
Archie Manning tried to clarify his remarks, saying he was trying to answer the question in the vein of whether Luck should sit as a rookie or play right away in his first season.
The Colts owe Peyton Manning a $28 million roster bonus payment in March, and would have to decide whether or not to re-up Manning with the payment or cut him loose.
So something has changed with Archie, but the real question that persists is whether or not Peyton Manning wants Andrew Luck around, or if he himself will be elsewhere in 2012, assuming his neck injury heals to allow him to play at all.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com