He's stating the obvious, but I think this is worth posting since this is the first time he's explicitly stated it.
Jim Irsay has all but come out and said it in recent weeks. Thursday he finally did.
The Indianapolis Colts owner intends to use the first overall pick in the April draft on a quarterback whether or not franchise quarterback Peyton Manning is healthy. It almost certainly will be either Stanford’s Andrew Luck or Baylor’s Robert Griffin III.
“With Griffin and Luck and the way it’s shaping up at the top of the draft – could very likely go one and two like with Peyton and Ryan Leaf,” Irsay said in an interview with ESPN’s Hannah Storm. “It’s most likely one of those quarterbacks that you really feel is the best player in the draft, and where we’re at moving forward you can’t pass that up. I don’t think anyone would expect that.”
The Colts picked Manning, the NFL’s only four-time most valuable player with the first pick in the 1998 draft. Leaf went second to the San Diego Chargers.
Manning is rehabilitating from Sept. 8 neck surgery that caused him to miss the entire 2011 season. He is owed a $28 million option bonus payment on March 8. If the Colts don’t pay it, Manning becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Asked if his intent to take a quarterback would change if Manning is healthy, Irsay responded, “I don’t think it would.”