Manning says Polian didn't discuss Luck with him
With Andrew Luck confirming that he is coming out for the draft in April, and the Indianapolis Colts looking more and more like a lock for the No. 1 pick, Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz asks the question if Peyton Manning would even want to stay with the club in its current state of disarray.
On top of that, the more interesting part of Kravitz's column might be near the bottom when Manning discusses the comments that vice chairman Bill Polian said on his weekly radio show awhile back that he had discussed the possibility of the Colts drafting Luck, and that Manning seemed OK with that scenario.
In Kravitz's piece, he pens the exchange he and Manning had about the supposed statement by Polian regarding Manning and Luck's potential co-existence in Indy.
Manning: "First, I want to say any conversations that Bill and I have are alone between he and I. I will say he and I have not had a conversation about the 2012 draft.
"Bill keeps a lot of players informed on different things, but I've never known who we were going to draft in years past. It's been insinuated that he checks with me. I'm not in personnel. I don't do personnel . . ."
Kravitz: "So are you saying Bill wasn't being truthful?"
Manning (Kravitz indicated the quarterback stammered before answering): "Maybe a couple of years ago, he would say, 'Eventually, we're going to draft your replacement.' "
Kravitz: "So that conversation never happened?"
Manning: "No, no, I don't get into personnel; I don't. I don't know what was said on the radio show, but that's not the kind of conversation that would happen between him and I."
Stay tuned. This promises to get more interesting as the Colts inch closer to the top pick, and the date on whether or not to pay Manning his $28 million roster bonus approaches.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com