Originally posted on The Colts Authority  |  Last updated 2/11/12
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You have an opinion. I know you do. I have an opinion on this but ESPN Stats and Info only knows numbers. The numbers suggest Peyton Manning may not be the best bet for the Colts:

Manning will turn 36 in March, but his window for success is still open. Three starting quarterbacks have won Super Bowls at 36 or older, Jim Plunkett, Johnny Unitas and John Elway. 

But things get a lot more dicey when you look at quarterbacks since 1970 who missed at least one full season then returned to the NFL. 

The best possible year for a QB when combining the past single-season highs for anyone who missed an entire season? 3,223 pass yards, 20 touchdowns and nine wins.

Yow! Now take this with a grain of salt because Peyton Manning is so statistically unlike anyone before him.  Still, it's not a good trend for the big guy to face.

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