Colts still unsure about Manning's future
|A discouraged Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (18) looks on in the fourth quarter as the New Orleans Saints defeated his team 62-7 during their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner
INDIANAPOLIS - New Colts GM Ryan Grigson had the unenviable task of addressing The Question in his first meeting with the national NFL press.
The Peyton Manning question, that is.
Grigson said about all he could, what with the Colts still not having decided whether they'll pay Manning the $28-million bonus he's due on March 8, or cut him instead. Manning did not play a snap in 2011, and he's still trying to regain his passing form after multiple neck surgeries last year.
"It's an on-going process," Grigson said. "It's something that obviously is not going to be a rash thing. We've taken our time. I know you guys would like to know more. Everyone would like to have this nailed down, but there is a lot of variables and factors involved. There's a great player involved that's near and dear to us, and to the organization.
"We want to do it the right way, do what's best for the organization and for Peyton.
"There is a medical concern there so I can't do anything ... Peyton has to be healthy. It has to be something that's spoken on and investigated and talked about. Right now, it's a process. We're waiting for things to happen. Right now, we're doing the things we have control of. Things we don't have control of, we just have no choice but to be patient. We ask all of you to be the same."
Grigson said he has not seen Manning throw since taking over the GM job in Indy, and that Manning has not been working out at the Colts' facilities.
So, is Grigson approaching his new job as if he's starting at Square 1 at the quarterback position?
To that end, one thing Grigson said he has no intention of doing is starting negotiations this weekend with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, as allowed by the NFL. The Colts have the No. 1 draft pick in April's entry draft, and Luck is the surefire top choice.
"That whole thing doesn't make much sense to me," Grigson said. "We're here at the combine to evaluate players and that's what we're going to do. We're going to base a lot of our decisions on
this week. It really makes no sense to me to come to any type of conclusion on anybody, regardless of position, before you have your full evaluation done."