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NFL Draft 2012: Andrew Luck, Colts Allowed To Work On Contract Starting Friday

We all might have ourselves an answer to this Peyton Manning riddle much sooner than later.

NBC's Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio is reporting that the earliest the Indianapolis Colts can sign projected No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck is this Friday, which could be possibly prove to be some writing on the wall as to where the team stands on Peyton Manning at the moment.

Thanks to the new rookie wage scale, it makes it easier to sign No. 1 draft picks before the draft, especially with much less money to negotiate than previous years. So in theory, Luck could join the Colts this Friday and be Peyton Manning's teammate after all, but for how long no one knows.

With all the hoopla surrounding Peyton and Luck, Florio suggests nipping the issue in the bud so to speak by putting the two together could be a positive for Jim Irsay and the Colts:

With owner Jim Irsay clearly concerned about the P.R. issues relating to the departure of the team's franchise quarterback, why not get the next franchise quarterback under contract before sending Peyton packing?

It could prove to make some nice photo shoots and such, but these two can't be on the same team for long. It will be interesting to see if he Colts try to move on Luck this early before the draft, or wait until they figure out how to move Peyton.

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