I don't see how anyone can justify taking a $28 million hit with a QB that has had 3 neck surgeries.
Peyton's comments so far are not positive regarding the dismissal of Polian. The HC situation is not resolved yet. I think Irsay is positioning the situation so untenable to Manning that he either retires or requests his release. No way Peyton risks his gimpy neck, which another blow could render him permanently disabled, to what in essence is going to be like an expansion team with a new GM, probably a new coach, no o-line, and a team that will have serious issues with the cap if they draft Luck and keep Peyton.
2012 cap is same as 2011, so any increase to a player must be paid with savings from another.
The league needs him either back as a player or in the booth becoming the next Madden. Peyton is the MVP when it comes to marketing anything to do with the NFL, and there isnt anyone poised to take his place yet. I think he goes in the booth. The teams that would risk the money are the ones he probably wouldnt play for because he would want a chance of a ring in a three year span. Maybe the Jets, but that line is weakening. Denver? Maybe the new QB of the LA Vikings with a small piece of team ownership?