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Polian Thinks Manning Can Go At Least Another Four Years

Tomorrow is coming more quickly than the Colts and their fans like to admit. In that tomorrow, there is someone under center who does not wear No. 18. The team acknowledged as much last winter and spring as they went through the pre-draft process with a careful eye on quarterbacks, and identified two or three they had serious interest in, but did not end up taking one. Peyton Manning is 35-years old, but the hope is that he can play at a high level for at least another four years. “I don’t think he is on a short time frame in terms of quality play,”

Colts president Bill Polian told Dan Pompei of the National Football Post. “I think four years is an absolute certainty barring injury. It could go beyond that. He believes he can go beyond that. I wouldn’t argue with him. I believe everything he says. This is not something that has to be imminent.” This offseason, Manning did undergo a second neck surgery in as many years, but the Colts are not concerned about his disc issues. “All I can tell you is I can only go by what our doctors tell us,” Polian said.

“They said were he not a football player, they would have simply treated him with traction. The fact that they performed a procedure was almost a fail-safe type thing. They don’t consider it career threatening or debilitating.”


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