Peyton Manning: Where Will the Future Hall of Famer Play Next Season?

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIIJanuary 7, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 22: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning looks on during the game against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 22, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Texans 19-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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When the 2011 NFL season kicked off, I don't think any fan in the country thought that the Colts would finish the year with a 2-14 record and the top pick in the draft.

Without Peyton Manning under center, that's exactly how the season went.

Now owner Jim Irsay and the Colts have a difficult decision to make. They can continue to move along with Manning under center, who will be 36 years old when next season kicks off, or they can look towards the future with rookie Andrew Luck.

Well, it appears that Irsay has already made that decision.

According to ProFootballTalk, Irsay has already decided that the team will draft Andrew Luck when the Colts are put on the clock with the No. 1 pick. That doesn't mean that Manning won't be starting for the team next season, but the speculation is about to begin.

In the eyes of many experts, Luck is ready to start week one in his rookie year. He has already been dubbed by many to be the next Manning over the next 12 to 15 years. If the Colts feel he is ready, the team may look to deal their future Hall of Fame quarterback in order to receive some compensation while he's still valuable.

There are rumblings that a team like the New York Jets may be interested in getting a stud quarterback to get them over the hump next season.

The possibilities are endless. The addition of Manning would be an upgrade for at least 25 of the 32 teams in the league.

However, just because the Colts are looking to draft Luck doesn't mean Manning is on the move. It's very possible that the team will stick with Manning and allow Luck to sit for a season.

This could very well be the best move for the team.

A young quarterback with the potential to be the next big thing in the league learning from one of the greatest to ever play the game could be the recipe for success.

It will be interesting to see how things unfold over the upcoming months.