Last season the Colts were without future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, who was recovering from offseason neck surgery, and their record reflected it. The Colts went 2-14 and showed that they did a terrible job at supplying Manning with the players necessary to be consistently successful. And now that the team is going to be selecting Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in the draft, they've decided to let everybody go.
And I mean everybody.
The Colts have released Peyton Manning, who is now the top free agent in this year's class. Along with Manning, Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, Anthony Gonzalez, Dallas Clark and they're reportedly looking for a trade partner to deal Dwight Freeney. There's no question that this will be a rebuilding year for the Colts.
With all the money they're going to save by releasing all their best players, the Colts will have some money to spend. If they're going to give the keys to the franchise to Andrew Luck, they should at least give him some weapons and put him behind a top-notch offensive line. Guards Carl Nicks and Ben Grubbs will likely be available, but they may not want to sign with a team that is rebuilding. Either way, they'll likely look to the later rounds of the draft.
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