The future of quarterback Peyton Manning in Indianapolis may be uncertain, but according to one teammate, the Colts' all-time leading passer will be playing in the NFL next season.
Speaking on the NFL Network during their coverage of the scouting combine, Colts center Jeff Saturday was blunt and honest about Manning's future. When asked if one of the NFL's all-time elite quarterbacks will be playing next year, Saturday said "Absolutely."
"I talk to him regularly, actually. I love [Manning]. He's my guy, so I communicate with him regularly. He's doing his deal and he's getting ready," Saturday said.
"He'll be playing football, I can assure you that. I hope it's here [in Indianapolis], but he'll be playing somewhere."
The Colts currently hold the No.1 pick and are expected to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the top selection. Given the multiple neck surgeries Manning has undergone in the past year, which caused him to miss the entirety of last season, his future with the team remains muddled at best. He has been linked with possible moves to the New York Jets, the Miami Dolphins, and the Washington Redskins in recent weeks.
Saturday wants his teammate with the Colts next year and is hopeful that management will seek him out this offseason.
"If I'm the Colts and I have interest in Peyton, I'm calling him up to get him to come throw for me. I'm not going to wait for him to decide to walk in and throw; I'm going to actively seek that out," Saturday said.
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