Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning Set to Be Teammates, but Pairing Could Be Toxic

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIJanuary 5, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 22:  Peyton Manning  #18 of the Indianapolis Colts gives instructions to his teammates during the NFL against  the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 22, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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No one wants to ever give up their job—especially not to a hot young prospect everyone is raving about. Thus the Peyton Manning-Andrew Luck problem could be truly precarious for the Indianapolis Colts franchise.

The Colts struggled to a 2-14 record this season without their four-time MVP quarterback. Accordingly, the Colts have been given the top pick in the 2012 NFL draft and the opportunity to selected Luck, the prolific prospect out Stanford.

Luck may be the most valuable commodity in the history of football drafts, and, as of now, the Colts appear poised to select him and have both quarterbacks on their roster.

While many have speculated that Manning and Luck could co-exist and that the young QB couldn't possibly have a better mentor, does anyone really believe that Luck would be content on the bench next season? I mean, really, logically, would he be fine sitting knowing he could be starting for a number of other NFL teams?

I sincerely believe he wants to play immediately and, frankly, he is ready. There is no reason for him to have to wait while he "develops." Luck is fully developed and ready-made for the NFL right now.

I'm sure Manning thinks he's fine physically and plans to play out the remaining years on his gigantic contract. Further, after watching the Colts' struggles this season with a thin roster on both sides of the ball, I'm also sure Manning is of the mind that Indianapolis should trade the pick and bring back a king's ransom of players and picks to improve its barren roster. 

If Manning has to play behind a terrible offensive line next season, every time he is sacked or tackled hard he'll be looking over at the sidelines, knowing how different things would be had the team not selected Luck. 

In addition, if Luck and Manning are both on the roster, you're going to have a split fanbase with divided loyalties. And every time Manning throws an interception, he'll be looking over his shoulder at the young signal-caller. 

It would be a horrible situation for everyone involved. The the Colts must make a firm decision between the two guys. And they have to do it soon.