Originally posted by tjd808185:
That's definetily a fair point, but I'm still taking Manning. You can find bargain corners (see Rogers), you can develop linebackers (see Brooks), but the odds of finding a quarterback at Manning's level not a chance.
I want to repeat that I'm not advocating for this though. Indy's probally going to keep Manning anyways for the year, and Smith is playing good enough football to get that extension.
I agree that the odds of finding a Manning-like QB is extremely low, but there is a risk with getting a post-serious-injury Manning. You don't know what you'll get, and the worst thing you could possibly do is to saddle your team with a huge salary for a player who, based on pure QB statistics, at best can play one or two more years a a high level. Because of the cap hit, your team will have a setback in terms of player quality across the board.
Just look at the Colts and the Patriots. Their defenses are bad now because they haven't paid enough on the defensive side. The only difference is the Patriots are lucky that Brady can play. Not so much for the Colts.