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Andrew Luck Sweepstakes: Peyton Manning Okay With Colts Drafting Stanford QB

The biggest question that seems to be forthcoming this offseason is whether Andrew Luck would be the number one draft pick if the Indianapolis Colts ended up landing the pick. You figure there'd be a bit of a controversy if Peyton Manning did return to action and was fully healthy, and it could have come down to trading Manning or the pick if Luck was the guy the Colts wanted.

However, it appears as if the Colts won't have to make such a drastic decision, because the Colts QB has okayed any decision the organization might make the team better. Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News reports.

Speaking on his weekly radio show on Monday night, Colts vice chairman Bill Polian says the presence of Manning won't affect that selection—if Luck happens to be the player they like most.

"The bottom line is that if the right person is there—and it has to be the right person—then now is the time to make that choice," said Polian, who also got Manning's blessing to potential draft his successor. "Peyton and I have spoken about that and he's OK with that."

It does lead to an interesting discussion about how healthy Manning really is, and whether the organization really believes they might have to move on. Either that, or they must presume Luck would be okay sitting on the bench if Manning will be ready to return to action next season. NFL draft discussion is only a month or two away, so you figure the Colts are going to have to weigh their options about whether they want a quarterback or a player that can help support Manning (like Matt Kalil).

For more on Luck and Stanford football, head to Rule of Tree. For more on Manning and the Colts and the potential draft pick, check out Stampede Blue.