12-08-2011, 02:42 PM
COLTS CAN'T PAY AND TRADE PEYTON (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/12/07/colts-cant-pay-and-trade-peyton/related/)

"It’s been established that the Colts owe <a class="nameLink" href="http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/1493/peyton-manning">Peyton
Manning</a> another $28 million in early 2012. Last month, Peter King pointed
out during Football Night In America that the money comes due before
the start of the 2012 league year.

That’s significant because it means that the Colts can’t trade Manning to a
new team before the payment comes due.</p>

But that hasn’t completely put to rest speculation that the Colts will pay
Peyton and then, once the league year begins, attempt to trade him. Bob
Kravitz’s latest item on the situation should completely put that speculation to

Kravitz, who covers the Colts for the Indianapolis Star, points out
that, if the Colts pay Peyton and then trade him, the Colts will absorb a 2012
salary cap charge <a href="http://www.indystar.com/article/20111202/SPORTS15/312020006/Kravitz-Manning-Luck-tandem-cannot-work-Colts?odyssey=mod%7Cmostview">of
$38.8 million</a>. And if the Colts trade Peyton Manning in 2013, the cap
charge would drop to only $28.8 million.</p>

Absent a willingness by Peyton to move the due date of his payment, a trade
becomes impossible. Thus, if Peyton tells the Colts “my contract is my
contract,” they’ll have to cut him, or they’ll have to keep him for at least two
more seasons.</p>

Although Peyton adroitly has avoided any discussion regarding the future,
plans undoubtedly are being made. There’s a good chance that the final plan
already has been crafted, and that the only thing left to do is implement

If that’s the case, <a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/12/06/archie-manning-doubts-that-peyton-and-andrew-luck-want-to-be-teammates/">Archie
Manning’s comments</a> from Tuesday become even more significant. Given that
Archie caucused with Oliver Luck the night before Archie told FOX
Sports Radio that he “doubts” Peyton and Andrew Luck want to be on the same
team, it’s safe to assume that Oliver agrees with that sentiment.</p>

Once the Colts clinch the first overall pick and once Andrew Luck declares
his intention to enter the 2012 draft, look for Archie and Oliver to form a
Legion of Doom-style tag team, with each former quarterback taking turns placing
a little more pressure on Bill Polian and company. At some point, Oliver could
explain that Andrew respects the fact that the Colts have a quarterback, and
that it would make more sense for the Colts to use the first overall pick to
help their quarterback win more championships."</p>

12-08-2011, 03:37 PM
IIf they are not completely sure that he can play at a high level again next year, they almost HAVE to cut him to avoid paying that $28M.</P>

I guess another option is that they could mutually agree to defer that payment. </P>