Colts owner Jim Irsay has tried unsuccessfully to sign Peyton Manning to a long-term contract, but that doesn't mean Indianapolis is preparing for life after Peyton.
In fact, Irsay said in an interview with ESPN101 in St. Louis that it was "unlikely" the Colts would take a quarterback high in this week's draft.
"You know with the draft you just don’t know what presents itself and so I would say it would be unlikely that we would use a high pick for a quarterback," Irsay said, coutesy of Sportsradiointerviews.com. "It’s probably a little too early, but you just never know. You don’t know, with sometimes all of a sudden someone has a strong feeling with a guy and certainly [team president] Bill Polian and his son [general manager] Chris [Polian] now is heavily involved. Bill has had a great track record from an intuitive sense. Those things aren’t out of the question, but probably too early for at this point because I think Peyton really has some years left."
But it's not out of the question the Colts do get a quarterback out of this year's draft. And perhaps Irsay's definition of the word "high pick" is debatable. After all, the Colts have worked out Colin Kaepernick of Nevada and Andy Dalton of TCU, both of whom could be available when the Colts draft 53rd overall in the second round.
As for Manning's contract, Irsay is hopeful of getting an extension done once the NFL's labor situation is resolved.
"It’s something that I’ve tried to do and we’ve been you know really have offered the highest contract ever given in the National Football League past [Tom] Brady and all of those things and tried to get that done," Irsay said. "For whatever reason with negotiations and with Tom Condon - and Tom’s a friend I’ve known for years and all those sorts of things. You know they’ve just decided to wait. To me, like I said, it’s par for the course. It’s something that you know comes up now-and-again in this adversity and this difficult times. You know you work through them. When you have success and it’s that much sweeter because you know how difficult it was and all the obstacles you had to overcome.”