Jacksonville, FL – The Indianapolis Colts are officially on the clock.
After winning two straight games to put some drama into which team would secure the first overall pick in April's NFL Draft, the Colts dropped a 19-13 decision to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday and will finish the season with the league's worst record.
The Colts (2-14) are now faced with an enviable dilemma. Do they select near- consensus No. 1 Andrew Luck, or trade it away with Peyton Manning set to come back from an injury that kept him sidelined for the entire dismal season?
Despite not taking a snap this season, Manning may have proven himself irreplaceable. The 35-year-old future Hall of Famer sat out after offseason neck surgery and watched his team stumble to an 0-13 start. The Colts rebounded with back-to-back wins -- possibly saving head coach Jim Caldwell's job -- but struggled in Sunday's finale.
The Jaguars (5-11), meanwhile, were led by Maurice Jones-Drew, who ran for 169 yards to capture the league's season rushing title. Jones-Drew finished with 1,606 yards on the year and was a rare bright spot in a season which featured upheaval from the top down.
Change began in September, when the team cut ties with long-time quarterback David Garrard, continued in November with the firing of head coach Jack Del Rio and reached a head in December when Shahid Khan purchased the club from owners Wayne and Delores Weaver.