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Because Manning is at the end of his career, hadn't played in over a year and had had four surgeries on his neck. Plus the team was in a rebuilding mode and had a chance to get the best quarterback available in a draft for the last 20 years. The Colts reallyhad no choice.
There were a few reasons -1) Uncertainty about physical rehabilitation from the nerve/spine thing that kept him out last year. Plus he's 36 years old. The rehab was not a sure thing.2) Two excellent QB's in the draft, Luck and Griffin.3) Under the new labor agreement this year, rookies can't make big money - so the Colts don't have to pay Luck nearly what they would have paid Peyton.4) Colts would have had to pay Peyton a $20 million bonus if he had stayed on the roster this past Spring.
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