Peyton Manning Medically Cleared To Play

Peyton Manning got some good news yesterday when doctors medically cleared him to play. After sitting out the 2011 season after having his neck surgically repaired, many questioned whether or not Manning would ever be cleared to play. That question got answered yesterday and now it's just a question about where Manning will resume his NFL career.

The Indianapolis Colts own the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft and are expected to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the pick. This may or may not signal the end of the Manning era in Indianapolis. Indianapolis has until March 8 to decide whether it wants to pay Manning a $28 million bonus to keep him a member of the Colts. If Indianapolis decides against paying the bonus, Manning would become an unrestricted free-agent.

The Colts find themselves in a difficult situation. Do you keep Manning and still draft Luck to be groomed under the future hall of famer? Do you keep Manning and try and opt out of the first overall pick to draft players to support Manning in his quest for another Super Bowl title? Do you allow Manning to walk and start over by drafting Luck? There are many unanswered questions surrounding Manning's future with the Colts, but one thing is for certain - number 18 will be playing in the NFL in 2012.

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