Peyton Manning Rumors: Bill Polian Believes That He Will Return at a High Level

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIFebruary 9, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 23:  Injured quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts watches from the sidelines during the game against the New Orleans Saints on October 23, 2011 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Andrew Luck is pretty much already an Indianapolis Colt, while Peyton Manning is as good as gone—we can all agree on that.

While drafting Luck may appear to be the wise decision for the Colts, as he's a once-in-a-decade quarterback prospect, Bill Polian believes that Manning will return "at a high level."

Polian, who lost his job earlier this year as the Colts' vice chairman, spoke on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption and made a rather bold prediction for No. 18:

It’s marked [improvement] from where he was back in September. He threw it accurately, he threw it with a good, tight spiral, and he threw it with velocity. Generally, he looked like a pretty confident quarterback out there.”

Confident or not, Manning's days as a Colt are numbered, as Indianapolis will likely be making one of the boldest transactions in the history of the NFL: cutting a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Peyton Manning.

If Polian's predictions are accurate, then one lucky franchise is going to be receiving one remarkable gift from the Colts this offseason.

The deadline for whether the Colts decide to cut Manning is set to be March 8, as that's when he is owed a whopping $28 million by Indy. 


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