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Colts can get out of Manning deal after one year?

Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:53 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Peyton Manning is going to miss at least eight weeks. It sure seems like it'll be longer and it's hard to imagine that the Colts bring him back for part of season -- thereby risking serious long-term injury -- if they're not in serious contention come November or December.

But what about longer than that? Turns out, the Colts built a little safeguard of sorts into the five-year, $95 million deal that Manning signed at the end of July. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Colts incorporated a team option for a $28 million bonus that must be picked up five days before the start of the 2012 league year beginning.

In other words, Manning will get his full salary this season -- $23 million -- but the Colts could conceivably allow him to become an unrestricted free agent following this season if they decided not to pick up his option.

There's only one real scenario where this might happen, and that's if Peyton's recovery goes so poorly that he's on the verge of retiring because of potential life-threatening damage to his neck and/or spine should he continue to play football.

If Manning returns for the 2012 season -- as most doctors, both real and the unlicensed variety, ahem, believe he will -- you can bet that the Colts will be keeping him on the roster.

But it certainly warrants mentioning that they won't necessarily have to pay Peyton the full $95 million if he doesn't take another snap in his career.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 4:35 pm
 

Colts can get out of Manning deal after one year?



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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Colts can get out of Manning deal after one year?

another alternative: trade the rights to draft luck to someone else (if they should get the #1 pick)



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Colts can get out of Manning deal after one year?

Alternatively, they can put Manning on IR, lose 13 games, and then draft Andrew Luck.



Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Colts can get out of Manning deal after one year?

If the Colts are in contention in November and December, why would they need to bring back Peyton? That situation would mean they are winning without him.  I am not a doctor or a football general manager, but I will play one on this thread.  The Colts should put Peyton on Injured Reserve for this season and let the guy heal.  Petyon will fight this tooth and nail, but it is the best decision in the long run.  It would force Jim Caldwell and Bill Polian to earn their "pey" checks to put their best team on the field.  It would give Peyton relief to focus on getting healthy instead of planning to finish the season.  Putting Peyton on IR would allow the team to move on and let the team know that management trusts them to win without the franchise qb.


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