At some point the Indianapolis Colts will have to start the rebuilding process, something that’s no doubt unfamiliar to them considering that since they’ve drafted Peyton Manning the Colts have only missed the playoffs twice. Early rumors have suggested that the Colts could be targeting Manning’s successor in the upcoming draft. TCU’s QB Abdy Dalton is the name connected to these rumors but his draft stock has been rising in recent weeks so the Colts will have to consider making a move in order to ensure that they could land him.
Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian feels that the time is now to start the rebuilding process rather than wait until Manning is ready to retire or has become ineffective.
“Quarterback’s an issue, probably not a front-burner issue, but an issue nonetheless because while Peyton’s not at the end of his career, it’s approaching faster than it has in the past,” Polian said, per the Indianapolis Star. “I wouldn’t rule that out in the right situation.”
Polian mentions that they are unlikely to take a QB in the first-round of the draft which seems like a good idea considering that they have much larger issues.
“I don’t know that you’re going to find his eventual replacement drafting 22nd,” Polian said. “And whether or not you would use that choice on a quarterback in an unsettled labor situation, where you don’t know what kind of contract that’s going to be signed, is another issue. That said, I don’t think you can dismiss it.”
It would make plenty of sense for them to get a younger quarterback that can learn directly from Manning rather finding another veteran who’s there in case Manning finally gets knocked out of a game.