First, let me say that I for one am sick and tired of the fact that we as an organization have never, in our freakin history, developed a QB worth a damn. And the thought of being able to get either Luck or RG3 sounds awesome, but at what cost? How much would we have to give up to get either? In my opinion, way too much.
My guess is Cleveland has what it takes to move up to the 2 spot and the Rams could still get a great talent at 4. All these dreams about signing and traded Carr or Bowe are just that, dreams. Moving Bowe means now we have to replace him and why would Carr agree to sign with us just to trade him. Bowe has nothing to gain by signing before free agency starts, so there is no way we don't franchise him, and signing Routt makes it so we don't need to franchise Carr.
Now to Manning. What do we have to lose? If he hits free agency like expected, all we have to do is spend the money (which we have plenty of) and save the draft picks that we won’t have to use to get him for filling other needs. We only take a chance if he is physically ready. There are no other for sure franchise type QBs available. NONE!!
Sure, we could take a chance on Orton or maybe Campbell, but I believe that we have seen a big enough sample size of their respective playing abilities to know that they cannot win a SB, but Manning has. We also keep Cassel, which would give us one of the best backups in the league. And if Manning doesn't pan out, then Cassel is our starter, which is exactly where we will be at if we don't sign Manning. We should also draft another QB to compete with Stanzi (wish he would have gotten some PT at the end of the season last year so we could have an idea of what we have in him) as our developmental QB. And keep drafting and trying to develop our own future franchise QB, and in the meantime, Manning can be making us a potential SB contender the next 2 or 3 years.