Bob Kravitz points out that the Colts can keep Manning, draft luck and kiss the rest of the roster goodbye or build Peyton a statue and let him leave:
Then there's the financial side of it: Let's say Manning comes back for a year or maybe two. Now you're in "Let's Win One For Peyton" mode.
But there are two problems: First, this team is severely lacking in too many areas to believe it can all be rectified in just one or two offseasons. You've got to figure that most or all of these players will not return: Reggie Wayne, Jeff Saturday, Ryan Diem, Gary Brackett, Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark, Melvin Bullitt, and the list goes on.
Even if the Colts wanted to go crazy in free agency -- something they've never done -- where will they find the cap space with Manning's contract on the books?