Simms: No way Manning lets Colts draft Luck
Former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms said on Showtime's Inside the NFL, that Peyton Manning would not want the Indianapolis Colts to draft Stanford's Andrew Luck, even if they land the first pick in the 2012 draft.
"There is no way if Peyton Manning is given a clean bill of health -- I'm going to go on that assumption -- that he is going to let them draft Andrew Luck," Simms said on the show that aired Wednesday evening.
Manning just signed a $90 million contract with the Colts, but has not taken a snap this season due to a third procedure on his neck in September.
Luck is regarded as the best quarterback prospect since, well, Manning, and at 0-7, the Colts have a legitimate chance to be in line to take him with the first overall pick.
Such a situation invites the quandary that the Green Bay Packers found themselves with a few years ago, taking Aaron Rodgers as he tumbled down the draft board while already having a productive quarterback in Brett Favre. After three years of watching, the Packers eventually turned to Rodgers and sent a future Hall of Famer packing to the New York Jets.
Favre showed then that he was not much of a "pay it forward" kind of guy,when Green Bay decided that Rodgers' time had come.
No reports or quotes on how Manning would feel on the subject of Luck as a Colt have yet surfaced, but at the very least, given the Favre-Rodgers situation with the Packers, Simms raises a very valid point of just how accepting Manning might be of his potential successor.
Terry McCormick covers the TitanInsider.com