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What if Peyton never left?

If Jim Irsay had paid Peyton Manning, the Colts might be set up nicely

Originally Published: September 14, 2012
By Adam Schefter | ESPN.com

Just as every one of us sometimes faces life-altering choices, last offseason Colts owner Jim Irsay was faced with a franchise-altering choice.

Irsay could keep quarterback Peyton Manning, pay the $28 million option bonus in Manning's contract and stockpile a minimum of three extra first-round picks and one extra second-rounder in return for the No. 1 overall pick.

Or, cut Manning loose and start over with Andrew Luck, widely regarded as the top college quarterback prospect ...

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