A blockbuster quarterback trade has been suggested for the Indianapolis Colts in the wake of Andrew Luck's shocking decision to retire from the NFL at 29.
The Colts came into the 2019 NFL season as a potential Super Bowl team, though Luck's retirement decision has lowered their chances significantly. Jacoby Brissett, while a promising player, likely does not have what it takes to lead a team deep into the playoffs.
Is a quarterback trade possible for Indianapolis?
CBS Sports has suggested a huge one ahead of the regular season.
How about sending Eli Manning to Indianapolis for one final season or two, allowing New York to jumpstart the Daniel Jones era?
The New York Giants wouldn't even consider trading Manning right? The way first-round pick Daniel Jones has played this preseason may cause general manager Dave Gettleman to pivot on his plans regarding the future of his franchise. Since the Colts have two second-round picks, the Giants could receive one of them for Manning, an incredible haul for a 38-year old quarterback who completed 66 percent of his passes for 4,299 yards, 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 92.4 passer rating last season.
If the Giants trade Manning and get a second-round pick back, that clears the path for Jones to start while Manning gets a chance to lead a playoff-caliber roster in what could be his final NFL season.
It's difficult to imagine this happening - Eli is 38 and his elite quarterback days are long behind him - though it would be a lot of fun to watch Peyton Manning's younger brother replace Andrew Luck on the Colts.
Indianapolis is set to open the regular season on Sunday, Sept. 8 against the Chargers. If a move is going to happen, it's going to have to happen quickly.