La Canfora: Colts not even close

Jason La Canfora contends that Indianapolis isn’t close to being a championship contender and as such Peyton Manning’s best options are elsewhere:

As much as Peyton still talks about his love for Indianapolis — and playing for one team his entire career — staying with this franchise doesn’t add up for him, either (contract aside, perhaps). The Colts must restock a weak offensive line. They lack a powerful run game. They can’t stop anyone on defense. And how awkward would it be to see Manning competing with a rookie for snaps? Not to mention, he may have to grasp a completely new system with a new coaching staff in place. Is this really what Manning wants at this stage of his career, after all he has accomplished?

Peyton’s all about winning, and the Colts just don’t have the makeup of a contender anymore. Even if Manning returns to health — a big if, at this point — would Indy really be back to hanging with the Patriots, Ravens and Steelers among the AFC elite in 2012? Not likely. Which brings us to potential landing spots for Peyton in free agency.


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Todd Smith

About Todd Smith

Todd Smith is a part-time sportswriter who spends too much time arguing on Twitter. What he really loves is eating poorly and watching football. He got his first Colts t-shirt in 1984 shortly after the Mayflower trucks arrived and has never given up on his hometown team. He also still holds to the belief that Kordell Stewart stepped out of the end zone and thus cheated the Colts.