Archie Manning's Comments About Peyton and Andrew Luck Open Door for Eagles

WesAnalyst IDecember 6, 2011

Could Peyton be an Eagle next year?
Could Peyton be an Eagle next year?Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Archie Manning wasn't bashful when he was asked about his thoughts concerning Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning playing on the same team.

In an interview with FOX Radio, Archie said:

"I don’t think it'd necessarily be great for either one. I think Andrew's the type of mature player ... he can walk right in. I mean, these other three or four (rookie passers) that are playing this year, (if) they can walk in and contribute, Andrew can, too.

"We know Andrew well. He comes down to our camp every year. I used to play with his dad (Oliver) (as Houston Oilers quarterbacks in 1982-83). ... I'm in New York, I heard from him last night. 

"Peyton's also tried to help Andrew and kind of be a friend. I doubt if either one want to play on the same team."

Why Archie said this and what it means is open to a wide variety of interpretations and plenty of speculation.

One thought is the Colts would have to part ways with Peyton if they decide to draft Luck in 2012 NFL Draft.

It would actually make sense if the Colts went this route. According to the Colts would take a $17 million cap hit next year with Peyton under center. If they went with Luck the number drops to an estimated $4.3 million.

We could go over other possibilities and the implications of Peyton's contract. Instead, let's stick with the option of Manning getting pushed out the door for the sake of this speculative perspective.

If it happens, should the Philadelphia Eagles go after Peyton?

Before you go one way or the other, there are several key factors that need to be considered.

First, what happens with Michael Vick? The Eagles signed Vick to a six-year $100 million deal at the beginning of this season, which includes $35.5 million guaranteed.

If the Eagles can somehow trade Vick it would open up a vacancy at quarterback and some money to pay one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play.

The second thing everyone needs to think about is Peyton's health. Peyton underwent a spinal fusion to repair a damaged nerve in his neck and it has caused him to miss all of the 2011 season thus far. In all, Peyton has undergone three surgeries in 19 months according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

It seems kind of strange to replace an injury prone quarterback with a quarterback who is battling neck problems and has not proved if he can still be the same player following the spinal fusions.

And that ties into the final consideration.

If Vick got beat up behind a shaky offensive line despite his incredible athleticism, does a statuesque Peyton have a realistic possibility of staying healthy?

One can argue Vick was injured because he took off too many times and Peyton will stay healthy because he makes quick decisions in the pocket and gets the ball out of his hand before pressure arrives.

We haven't even gone into the other factors—such as changing quarterbacks for the third consecutive season and if Andy Reid will be back as head coach next year.

But that's what makes something like this so interesting and captivating. It's a potential decision that could divide or unite a fanbase. It could cost or save people their jobs. And it could also bring the Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia.

Thanks for stirring the pot, Archie.