Colts Free Agents 2012: To Peyton Manning Or Not To Peyton Manning?

The Indianapolis Colts went 2-14 in the 2011-2012 NFL season. There was a time not long ago when that was expected. But in the Peyton Manning Era, that's simply unthinkable. As such, it's no surprise that Manning spent the entire season on the sidelines, helpless to watch as the franchise he rebuilt crumbled in the blink of an eye.

That the Colts plan on drafting Andrew Luck isn't even the worst-kept secret because would require some semblance of secret-keeping. It's a fact. The question is not whether or not Luck will done the blue and white, but rather if he will spend his first season backing up a legend or beginning his own.

However, the Colts have a lot more on their mind than just Manning. They've got 22 free agents, 19 of which are unrestricted to consider. Among them are both back-up quarterbacks, three star receivers, key offensive linemen and a bevy of defensive ends.

One way or another the Colts are going to look drastically different in 2012.

Here's a complete look at the Colts' free agent picture (via Mac's Football Blog):

Exclusive Rights Free Agents (1)

S Stevie Brown

Restricted Free Agents (2)

TE Anthony Hill
CB Jacob Lacey

Unrestricted Free Agents (19)

QB Kerry Collins (2011 contract voided five days after regular season ended)
QB Dan Orlovsky
FB Jerome Felton
WR Pierre Garcon
WR Anthony Gonzalez
WR Reggie Wayne
TE Jacob Tamme
OT Ryan Diem
OT Quinn Ojinnaka
OG Mike Pollak
OG Jamey Richard
OC Jeff Saturday
DE Jamaal Anderson
DE Tyler Brayton
DE Eric Foster
DE Robert Mathis
LB Kevin Bentley
LB Ernie Sims
LB Phillip Wheeler

For more on the Colts offseason, be sure to check out Stampede Blue.

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