It’s no surprise that Archie Manning would have an opinion about the possible pairing of Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck in Indianapolis.
He was pretty ouspoken in 2004, when his youngest son was about to be drafted by the San Diego Chargers. He was vocal about his son’s reluctance to play in San Diego and watched as the Chargers took Eli, then traded him to the New York Giants for Philip Rivers and draft picks.
This time, middle son Peyton is recovering from neck surgery and his future is by no means certain. The team he plays for, the Colts, are winless and appear headed for Luck, the Heisman Trophy finalist and presumed No. 1 draft pick. Archie doesn’t think it’s such a hot idea.
“I don't think it'd necessarily be great for either one,” he said in a Fox Sports radio interview (watch here). “I think Andrew's the type of mature player ... he can walk right in [and play as a rookie].”
The Colts have indicated that they’d like to have the luxury of carrying both quarterbacks on the roster, but the team must pay Manning a $28 million option bonus in March, an expensive proposition. Plus, Manning hasn’t really weighed in on the topic.
“We know Andrew well,” Archie Manning, who was a teammate of Luck’s father, Oliver, on the Houston Oilers of teh ’80s, said. “He comes down [to New Orleans] to our camp every year. Peyton's always tried to help Andrew and kind of be a friend. I doubt if either one of them want to play on the same team.”
Bill Polian, the Colts’ vice-chairman, said last week that he has not discussed Luck with Peyton Manning, although he said in November that Manning “is okay” with the concept of drafting a quarterback. “We haven’t talked specifics. We don't know where we're headed specifically,” he said. “There's a long way to go until April.”
Manning’s activity has been severely restricted after his Sept. 8 surgery, his third in less than two years. He went a single-level spinal fusion because he was having arm weakness. Last week, he was given approval to increase his activity.
“Throwing will be part of the next progression,” Manning said Friday. “I will be doing some throwing and I have been doing some throwing. But now we're going to ramp it up a little more.”