As Peyton Manning takes steps toward getting back on the field, he admits anything getting to do with his extended-term future is off his radar.
Namely, that pertains to the question of what the winless Indianapolis Colts do with their initial-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. That choose could be the No. 1 overall choose, and could be used to draft Manning’s eventual replacement. It’s thought by several that could be Stanford’s Andrew Luck, if he decides to go pro.
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Colts vice chairman Bill Polian told radio listeners last month he has already spoken with Manning about making use of a high pick on a quarterback. But when Manning held court at his locker on Friday, he denied that conversation took place.
“I will say that he and I have not had a conversation about the 2012 draft,” Manning told reporters. “Bill keeps a lot of the players informed on different issues, but I’ve never ever recognized who we had been going to draft in years past.
“It (shouldn’t be) insinuated that he checks with me. I’m not in personnel. I don’t do personnel. I’ve had no conversation about the 2012 draft. Particularly, I feel that’s inappropriate to even feel that I would have during the 2011 season while we’re playing.”
Manning was asked if Polian was being truthful. He said he might have been told “a couple of years ago” by Polian the team would eventually draft his replacement, but it’s not a conversation that has taken place recently.
“I don’t know what was said on the radio show, but that’s just not a conversation that occurred between he and I,” reiterated Manning.
The draw, of course, is that the 4-time NFL MVP’s lengthy-term future isn’t in Indianapolis given his ascending contract and $ 28 million choice bonus subsequent year to maintain him on the roster.
Manning is performing his ideal to preserve himself out of the conversation.
“Whatever Bill has to do for the organization, that’s what he has to do,” Manning said. “I just play football. I genuinely have been just the starting quarterback here for 13 years, and no other hat or role besides that. … I don’t know what else to say besides that.”
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