Peyton’s effects on 2012 odds

Sarah Phillips evaluates what impact Peyton Manning has on next year’s contenders:

Is it possible that Indianapolis will hold on to Manning and draft Stanford star Andrew Luck? Sure, but a mentor-pupil scenario doesn’t seem viable with Manning due $28 million in March. If Indy decides to retain Manning, then it would make the most sense to draft for immediate gratification — a running back, linebacker or cornerback. Or, Indy could trade the top pick for veteran talent to fill its multiple gaps on defense. However, Colts owner Jim Irsay has said publicly that he’s planning to draft Luck with the No. 1 overall pick.

Still, according to oddsmakers, the Colts’ best chance to win it all next season definitely comes with Manning under center.

Odds to win Super Bowl XLVII with Peyton Manning: 25:1


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.