Pete123444 wrote:if it were up to me, i'd let em both go. rhodes can handle the running. manning can handle the passing game. they need to spend money on their defense.
thank you jebus! I posted that about 2 weeks ago... don't thinki found much support. Good to know there are others who think like myself.
But i also have another issue with this... they pretty much need to let them both go. In the last year of Manning's contract, isnt he pencilled in to make something like 18 million dollars? I know that's far away, to a time when both Edge and Harrison might not even be playing anymore, but it goes to show just how much money Manning will be taking up in the future... the Colts really shot themselves in the foot on that one. No man is worth more than $1 million a game... its insane. get some defenders now, draft a WR, and hope to whatever deity you believe in that you have the oppurtunity to dump Peyton and grab another QB sometime in the future.
I'd have to agree with Mercer here, Marv is an integral part of the Indy pass attack. He lures the defenders away, and has a strong veteran presence that amps up the numbers of Wayne and Stokley even when he isn't making big catches. I see Edge looking toward returning home, and heading off to Miami. Dommy Rhodes would make a fine replacement, and if they decide to keep one I would think they'd be better off with Marv.
They are definitely going to keep Harrison. Manning and Harrison have chemistry like Montana to Rice and there is no way they break this up. Edge is expendable because it is a well known fact that RBs get used up quickly in this league cause of the pounding they take. Plus they are grooming Dominic Rhodes to replace Edge and Rhodes is very good. Harrison is a Colt next year 100%.
Trade for better "D". Even if you let both Edge and Harrison go someone will step up in their place. Just look at Stokely and Rhodes!! Also Walters will be back. Unless they get some better players on the other side of the ball, the will only get to the playoffs, and get bounced again. (Like by my boys from N.E.)
But, If they had to keep one guy I would stay wih Harrison, they seem to have the best chemistry around, right with C-pepp and Moss!!
I think you guys are overestimating Rhodes. True, he rushed for 1000 yards when he filled in for injured Edge, but the Colts didn't make the playoffs that year. We went 6-10 and Manning threw 23 INT's because defenses were able to key on the pass. Rhodes doesn't command the same kind of defensive respect that James does.
In addition, James is a very versatile, everydown back. Rhodes isn't. That means we have to sub when we want t go short yardage or pass the ball. Sure lots of teams do this, but it really hurt our passing game when we had to tip our hand like this. These are the reasons Manning threw 23 INT's.
You guys can discuss it all you want, but don't discount the post I made earlier. It gives all the details that could be known at this point.
Harrison isn't going anywhere.
Regarding Manning's contract: does anyone doubt that it will be restructured? There's no way that he can take so much of the cap and expect to win games. They signed him to a deal that would make him the highest paid player in the game. It's all downhill from there. Peyton knows he won't be able to take all that money, he just wanted (and deserved) to have the richest contract. Now that that's been done, it's back to business.
Because of Manning's fat contract, Indy doesn't have the money to sign Edge or Marv next year.
But they don't need them. They already have extremely adequate recievers in Wayne, Stokely, Troy Walters and world class tight ends Pollard and Clark. Manning is good enough to make it happen with Pop Warner wide receivers if he needed to.
I'll admit that the jury is still out on Dominic Rhodes, but don't forget James Mungro, who could shine if given the opportunity. He's short but fast as lightening.
FACT: Indy's defense stinks. The problem in Indy isn't the offense, it's the swiss cheese defense. Indy needs to spend every one of its draft picks next year on defense, and use extra cap space if available to sign some free agents.
Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe Harrison is already signed to a long term contract. And yes Harrison is a essential element of this offense as he is constantly drawing the dbl team opening things up for Wayne and Stockley. As soon as team realize the cant single team Wayne, Harrison wakes up and Bamm a 100 yds and two scores.
QB P Manning
RB A Green
RB M Moore
WR M Harrison
WR R Gardner
WR Keyshawn Johnson
TE R McMichael
K D Brien
WR Santana Moss
TE F Jones